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Just more than 47 percent turnout of Ark. voters

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Secretary of State's office says turnout for the general election was just more than 47 percent. The office placed unofficial turnout for Tuesday's election at 47.62 percent. Counties have until Nov. 17 to certify ballots as official.

Political analysts say the turnout was brought down by low voting percentages in traditionally Democratic areas of the state.

 University of Arkansas political science professor Janine Parry told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that those areas are not keeping up with the rate of population growth in traditionally Republican areas, and that GOP voters also appeared more motivated. Secretary of State Charlie Daniels had initially predicted turnout of about 54 percent of the state's 1.6 million registered voters.

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