“Disappointing” turnout in Philadelphia’s primary election could be a precursor to a repeat in November

It’s been a long time since so few Philadelphians participated in a presidential primary.

According to unofficial City Commissioners results, only 17.7% of registered voters turned out in Tuesday’s election, or just 183,538 of the city’s more than one million eligible voters.

That’s just over half the percentage – about 32% – who chose Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination four years ago or supported Donald Trump’s ultimately unsuccessful re-election bid over the Republican nomination.

And this is even lower 40% of Philadelphia voters who went to the polls in 2016 to vote for Trump, Ted Cruz or another Republican, or to choose between Hillary Clinton and her rival Bernie Sanders.

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