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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Turnout in Wisconsin’s presidential primary election was just over 23 percent, falling short of predictions it would be 35 percent.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting Wednesday, just over 1 million people voted in the presidential primary. That was the only race statewide, although President Barack Obama had no opposition.

About 719,000 people voted on the Republican side and about 290,000 voted on the Democratic side.

That equates to about 23.2 percent of the state’s 4.3 million eligible voters.

The Government Accountability Board had predicted 35 percent turnout, the same as it was in th3 2008 presidential primary when Obama and Hillary Clinton were battling it out. The board also factored in high interest in numerous local elections around the state.

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