Arkansas primaries could be prelude to June runoffs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas voters head to the polls on Tuesday for heated Senate and Congressional primaries, some of which may merely be preludes to runoff battles in June.

The number of Arkansans casting ballots early has already surpassed the past two primaries, and Secretary of State Charlie Daniels is sticking to his prediction that a record number of voters will cast a ballot on Tuesday.

Daniels said last week that he still believes 30% to 35% of the state's 1.6 million voters will cast ballots in the primaries. If Daniels' prediction is correct, it would be the highest primary turnout in a non-presidential year since 1994, when 34% of the state's registered voters cast a ballot.

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