-- About 20 percent of Indianaís registered voters cast ballots in last
monthís midterm primary.
Thatís according to
the Indiana Secretary of Stateís office, which released figures Thursday for
the May 8 Republican or Democratic primaries.
Itís a significant
increase over the 2014 midterm primary turnout, but a shade under 2010ís
turnout, which was 21 percent.
One factor likely
boosting interest this year -- at least on the Republican side -- was a
contested GOP Senate race won by former state lawmaker Mike Braun. He beat
U.S. Reps. Todd Rokita and Luke Messer and now faces Democratic Sen. Joe
Donnelly in November.
The state report
shows the highest turnout was 57 percent in Jay County. The lowest was in
Vanderburgh County, where 10 percent voted.