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Turnout was down statewide and across both parties in Pennsylvania’s primary on Tuesday.

Just 30% of registered voters turned out to vote in the primary, down from 41% in the 2020 presidential primary election.

The lackluster turnout reflected a year with few contested races on the ballot and in which voters have expressed broad disappointment in both parties’ presidential nominees.

President Joe Biden received 321,000 fewer votes in this year’s primary than he did in the 2020 Pennsylvania primary, a year when Sen. Bernie Sanders was also on the Democratic ballot, which likely drove out supporters of both candidates.

Former President Donald Trump received 263,000 fewer votes in this primary than he did in 2020, when he appeared on the ballot without a major challenger as the incumbent. His vote total likely dropped partly because of former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who still appeared on the ballot after suspending her presidential campaign in March. Haley netted more than 150,000 protest votes against Trump.

The most surprising thing about the state’s turnout numbers might be how evenly uninterested people were across the state.

In the 2020 primary regional patterns emerged. Democrats had higher turnout in wealthier suburban areas and Republican voters were more engaged in rural areas. That divide was less apparent in this election.

In the traditionally highly engaged suburban counties just about one-third of eligible voters turned out, a sharp drop from 2020. Urban counties had lower voter turnout for both parties than suburban and rural counties, but not by much.

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