Turnout low as Republicans vote in primary today
June 26th 2012 · 0 Comments
Incumbent Congressman Richard Hanna, R-24, is facing a primary for the GOP nomination for the redrawn 22nd congressional district today. The district encompasses all of Oneida County and several other counties. Hanna faces a challenge from Tea Party backed Republican Mike Kicinski. There are 51,531 registered Republicans in Oneida County as of June 21st, according to Republican Elections Commissioner, Pamela Mandryck.
As of 3:00 this afternoon, turnout was looking very low. It looks like voters may be suffering from voter fatigue. Republicans in New York already had their presidential primary in April, and the usual state primaries will still be held in September. ”I think voters are getting tired of all the primaries,” Mandryck said.
Mandryck says she anticipates the turnout to be similar to the turnout in the presidential primary. There have been no complaints of issues at the polls and everything seems to be running smooth.
It will be interesting to see who benefits from a low turnout. Hanna is the strong favorite, but Kicinski has the support of the Tea Party and conservative wing of the party. The Tea Party has been active throughout the country and it’s unknown yet whether they have the organization to mount an upset in tonight’s primary.
Stay with the Utica Phoenix as the results come in when polls close at 9pm.