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Turnout was highest in Murray

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 September 2017 at 10:49 am

Primaries generally don’t draw a big turnout out at the polls, but Tuesday’s Republican primary wasn’t too far off the pace of the November 2015 general election.

There were primaries in seven of the 10 towns in Orleans County and turnout ranged from a low of 21.9 percent in Ridgeway for a primary between two candidates for town clerk to 42.2 percent in Murray, for a race that included the town supervisor and Town Board.

In November 2015 during a heated general election that included the sheriff’s race, the turnout ranged from a low of 29.8 percent in Ridgeway to a high of 50.2 percent in Yates.

Primary Turnout 2017

The primary included four races for town supervisor, the top government official in the town. The town with a race for town supervisor drew the following turnouts: Barre (Sean Pogue vs. Robin Nacca), 38.1percent; Gaines (Carol Culhane vs. Joe Grube), 34.4 percent; Murray (Joe Sidonio vs. Bob Miller, 42.2 percent); and Shelby (Ed Houseknecht vs. Wendi Pencille), 27.0 percent.

Carlton had almost 40 percent turnout in the primary in a race that featured incumbent highway superintendent David Krull vs. one of the town highway workers, Kurt VanWycke.

To see the election results from the primary, click here.

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