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Originally published in Compass, June 14, 2012
Low voter turnout for primaries
Dill and Summers to vie for senate

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Primary Election Results, June 2012
Primary Election Results, June 12, 2012

by Jessica Brophy

Contested primaries and a diverse field for the senate seat up for grabs did not entice voters to the polls. Statewide, less than 13 percent of registered voters headed to the polls. The turnout in Hancock County was slightly higher at 13.6 percent, according to unofficial figures.

In our coverage area, turnout ranged from Isle au Haut’s 14.3 percent to Brooksville’s 23.6 percent of registered voters.

Cynthia Dill (D) and Charlie Summers (R) took the primaries statewide for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Sen. Olympia Snowe. Kevin Raye (R) will face Mike Michaud (D) for 1st District U.S. Representative in November.

In local contested races, Emery Deabay (D) defeated Deborah Deane (D) and will face Edward Youngblood (R) in the fall for state Senate District 31. Incumbent Ralph Chapman (D) defeated veteran politician Jim Schatz (D) and will go up against Gay Leach (R) for District 37 Representative. Incumbent Steve Joy (R) topped Matthew Boucher (R) and will run unopposed for Hancock County Commisioner for District 1 in the fall.