Voter turnout was very low in yesterday's primary elections in Allegheny County, with 20.9 percent of registered voters making the trip to the polls, according to unofficial results posted by the Elections Division.
Democrats, with more choices, posted a 25.4 percent turnout, beating the Republicans' 17.8 percent figure. Nonpartisans, who can't vote in either party's primary but can weigh in on referenda, logged a 5.5 percent turnout.
The region's highest-profile race, in which Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl fended off Councilman Patrick Dowd and attorney Carmen Robinson, didn't turn out to be a big draw. In unofficial results, 45,356 votes were cast, compared to 58,843 in 2005, 67,657 in 2003, and 66,730 in 1997.
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