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Wisconsin turnout in midterm election around 54 percent, falling below prediction


MADISON, Wisconsin — About 54 percent of Wisconsin's voting-age population cast ballots in the midterm election, the highest turnout in at least 60 years for a non-presidential year but below what was predicted.

Based on unofficial numbers, with 99 percent of precincts reporting, just over 2.4 million people voted in Tuesday's election in which Gov. Scott Walker defeated Democrat Mary Burke and Republicans maintained control of the state Legislature.

The state Government Accountability Board predicted that 2.5 million people, or 56.6 percent of the voting-age population, would vote.

The preliminary 54.5 percent turnout number is short of the 57.8 percent turnout in Walker's 2012 recall election and far from the 70 percent turnout in the 2012 presidential election.

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