With little in the way of local races being decided, turnout for the Pennsylvania primary was light, to say the least.
Those who did show up at a polling place in Grove City were surprised at the low numbers.
“I think with all the political talk today there should be more interest, even in the primaries,” said Kathy Martynuska, voter.
Poll workers said of the 1,300 who are registered in the precinct less than forty had actually come out as of late morning.
Grove City College Political Science Professor Michael Coulter said there is simply not enough on the ballot to draw voters.
“If you are a Democrat, the only thing on the ballot is the lieutenant governor’s race, which isn’t interesting, truthfully,” Coulter said.
Coulter said it doesn’t get much better on the Republican side either as voters choose nominees to run against incumbent Governor Tom Wolfe and Senator Bob Casey.
Even the race for Congress hasn’t generated all that much interest.
“In general, these are really low-profile races right now,” Coulter said.
Some think the general election could draw voters upset about Pennsylvania’s gasoline taxes, which are 50 cents a gallon higher than in Ohio.
“We don’t travel that much anymore, but certainly the young folks that have to go to work or commute any distance, it’s a major thing,” said Irma O’Conner, voter.
Coulter expects to see a push by Democrats to get voters to the polls in hopes of retaking control of Congress in the fall, which is something that could push turnout figures higher than the 20 percent predicted for this primary.