NC primary drawing few ballots despite voter anger

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina voters angry with Congress have only been trickling to the polls for a primary election that could alter the state's leadership on Capitol Hill.

Some 170,000 voters have cast a ballot in early voting for Tuesday's election. That's roughly one-third the number that appeared during the one-stop period for the presidential primary two years ago.

The election will help decide who will compete at the top of the ballot in the U.S. Senate race along with slots for Congress, the General Assembly, judges and prosecutors.

State Board of Elections director Gary Bartlett says officials had hoped to see more people at early voting sites. He's pushing for big voter participation numbers Tuesday but doesn't expect that turnout will reach 20 percent.

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