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Low turnout for statewide election

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Only about a third of Louisiana's voters bothered to cast votes in the election to choose their state leaders for the next four years. Unofficial figures from the Secretary of State's Office peg voter turnout at less than 36 percent.

One million of Louisiana's 2.8 million registered voters went to the polls, the fewest number of voters to cast ballots in a governor's race since Louisiana switched to the open primary system in 1975.

Residents won't see any change in the top offices when the new terms begin in January. All seven of Louisiana's statewide elected officials won their re-election bids. Gov. Bobby Jindal got 66 percent of the vote in a 10-candidate field, the most lopsided primary victory in a governor's race ever in the state's open primary system.

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