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Low voter turnout could yield surprises in primary runoff elections

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CHARLOTTE -- It's Election Day in the Tar Heel state. A number of candidates are squaring off in runoff elections that will finalize November's ballot.

Election officials are only expecting about 5 percent turnout at the polls. But even with that small percentage, those voters will help decide what names we'll be seeing on November's ballot.

Of the five primary races on Tuesday's ballot, four are on the Republican ticket, and one on the Democratic. Those statewide primaries include lieutenant governor, insurance commissioner, labor commissioner, secretary of state and superintendent of public instruction.

There are also several runoffs for Republicans in congressional districts. Republicans Jim Pendergraph and Robert Pittenger are looking to see who will go up against Democrat Jennifer Roberts for the 9th District seat, which is currently held by Rep. Sue Myrick.

For the district 8 seat, Republicans Scott Keadle and Richard Hudson are squaring off to see who will face Democratic Congressman Larry Kissell.

So far, around 37,000 voters cast ballots during early voting.

Election officials say in a case of low turnout, anything can happen.

"Whenever you have a light turnout, surprises happen," said Gary Bartlett. "Those who turnout have a larger voice in who is their nominee on the general election ballot."

Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. and they'll close at 7:30 p.m.

News 14 Carolina will have full coverage of Tuesday's elections. Decision 2012 begins with Capital Tonight at 7 p.m. We'll bring you updated returns all night on statewide and local races, as well as reports from major candidate headquarters.

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