Election 2012: July 17 runoff features major races but interest, turnout “anemic”

How many North Carolinians know there’s a primary runoff election tomorrow, July 17, and how many will vote? Many statewide races are at play, including the governor’s race. But most people aren’t paying much attention, The Raleigh News&Observer reports:

The voting will help determine the candidates on November’s ballot for five of North Carolina’s most important public positions: lieutenant governor, insurance commissioner, labor commissioner, secretary of state, and superintendent of public instruction.

Those jobs make up half of the Council of State, a body of top elected officials that controls, among other things, the state’s property.

There are other races on ballots around the state, too, including three contests for Congress in districts west of Raleigh. Voters will pick nominees for seven General Assembly seats scattered around the state.

For the most part, interest in what is officially called a “second primary” has been weak.

Gary Bartlett, director of the state’s elections board, summed it up in one word: “Anemic.” …

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For more information about the primary, see http://www.mountainx.com/election and Mountain Xpress overview and Q&A with the GOP’s 11th Congressional candidates Mark Meadows and Vance Patterson.

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