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Ala. turnout Tuesday expected to equal 2008

Political experts are expecting Alabama voters to turn out Tuesday in numbers similar to 2008, even though this election lacks the history-making excitement of four years ago.

Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Beth Chapman, said she's looking for 72 to 74 percent of Alabama's 2.8 million voters to participate. That compares to 73.8 percent four years ago and 72.5 percent in 2004.

Alabama State University political scientist D'Linell Finley predicts about the same turnout as 2008, while Jess Brown, a political scientist at Athens State University, said it may be down a small amount.

Brown said Alabama doesn't have a U.S. Senate race and the six U.S. House incumbents with opposition aren't in hotly contested races.

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