Primary voter turnout at 35 percent, exceeding 2012 primary

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s primary elections brought out more people to vote compared with four years ago.

The State Board of Elections says 2.3 million North Carolina residents voted in Tuesday’s primary, or 35.3 percent of the state’s more than 6.5 million registered voters.

In the 2012 primary, nearly 2.2 million people voted, with a turnout rate of 34.7 percent.

This year’s primary balloting appears to have fallen short of the modern-day record turnout percentage for a presidential year primary. That occurred in 2008, when the turnout was almost 37 percent of registered voters.

Tuesday’s primary participation was buoyed by having strongly contested Democratic and Republican presidential primaries.

Final voting numbers and winners will be made official later.

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