Voter turnout Tuesday fell under 12 percent in Georgia

Less than 12 percent of eligible voters cast ballots for Tuesday’s primary runoff elections, according to new numbers from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

The office called it a “low” turnout for what was the last election in Georgia before November, although not everyone needed to turn out.

Ninety-six of Georgia’s 159 counties had races on the ballot, which was required for all candidates who did not win outright two months ago during the state’s general primary — when about 20 percent of registered voters turned out.

As for Tuesday’s results, incumbents fared the worst. Runoff losers included controversial Cobb Country Commission Chairman Tim Lee, fiery social conservative Mike Crane and the last World War II veteran serving in the Georgia Legislature.

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