Turnout for Dec. 10 runoff expected to be very low

Turnout for Dec. 10 runoff expected to be very low

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - If early voting numbers are any indication, the Louisiana Secretary of State predicts a 30% turnout for the Dec. 10 runoff.

"We had some 171,000 voters participate in early voting, and just to give the listeners a benchmark on that, during early voting in the presidential election we had over 515,000," said Louisiana Secretary of State, Tom Schedler.

The most talked-about race on the ballot is the runoff between Republican John Kennedy and Democrat Foster Campbell to fill David Vitter's U.S. Senate seat. FOX 8 political analyst Mike Sherman said while it's a critical race, he's not surprised voter turnout is low.

"The big news right now is the Trump election, the Trump transition. This election, while critically important, won't determine the balance of power, so political circles are certainly focusing on it. We are a solidly red state right now, and, unless something major happens this is not a hot runoff just yet," said Sherman.

And, according to Schedler, voter fatigue may also be another reason turnout is expected to be low.

"Number one, I think voter fatigue of elections, certainly, after this last presidential election, I think it was one for the record book. I think we all know, I think people are tired, I think they kind of put it to sleep, I think they have moved on to holiday spirit, so to speak, and keep in mind Louisiana is the only state in the country that has a December run-off," said Schedler.

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