Highest Midterm Turnout Ever

Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP) -- State election officials say Tuesday's election produced the largest voter turnout of any midterm election in Tennessee, with more than half of registered voters casting ballots.

Election Coordinator Brook Thompson says about one 1,850,000 Tennesseans voted. That's 56 percent of registered voters in the state.

Thompson attributes the high turnout to the close US Senate race that Republican Bob Corker won over Democrat Harold Ford Junior and the Constitutional amendment proposal barring same-sex marriage.

State numbers show about 1,690,000 people voted in the last off-year election in 2002 -- about 160-thousand fewer than the number of people who voted this year.

Copyright 2006 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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