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Voter Turnout Low for Race to Replace Former Rep. Aaron Schock

Some districts have reported only a 2 percent voter turnout



    Illinois Voters Head to Polls in Primary for Schock's Seat

    llinois voters were set to nominate potential successors Tuesday for ex-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, once a rising Republican star who resigned amid questions about his use of taxpayer and campaign funds for worldwide travels and the "Downton Abbey"-styled redecoration of his congressional office. (Published Tuesday, July 7, 2015)

    Turnout is low throughout central Illinois for a special primary election to help determine ex-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's replacement.

    County clerks estimated turnout Tuesday afternoon was as low as 2 percent in some regions and nearly 10 percent in others.

    The election in GOP-heavy territory features a classic Republican primary with party-backed candidate state Sen. Darin LaHood facing conservative writer Michael Flynn, who's received Tea Party support.

    LaHood is the son of former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. A light voter turnout typically benefits the incumbent or party-backed candidate with loyal voters, meaning LaHood is likely to emerge the victor.

    Flynn helped start a news website with late commentator Andrew Breitbart. One other Republican and two Democrats are running.

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