A lone voter casts his ballot at a polling place inside a south Minneapolis church, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014.

, AP Photo/Jim Mone

Minn. primary turnout topped 10 percent -- barely

  • Associated Press
  • August 19, 2014 - 4:40 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Certified results from last week's Minnesota primary show just more than 10 percent of the state's eligible voters cast ballots.

The turnout figure was announced at Tuesday's meeting of the state canvassing board.

Turnout was slightly better than 2012, but below 2010 when the state last had a competitive gubernatorial primary, that one on the Democratic side.

This year's top race was a five-way race among Republicans for their nomination for governor. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson won the nod.

In all, nearly 402,000 voted in the Democratic, Republican and Independence Party primaries.

This was the first year that voters could submit absentee ballots without a valid excuse for being gone on Election Day. About 33,000 people voted by in-person absentee or by mail ballot.

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