- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Turnout for Kentucky’s primary election surpassed the secretary of state’s original projection and reached more than 12 1/2 percent by the time most of the votes were counted.

The secretary of state’s website said more than 399,000 ballots were cast out of 3.1 million registered voters. Voters chose nominees for their parties for the fall races for governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and agriculture commissioner.

Spokeswoman Lynn Zellen said earlier that an increase in absentee voting over the last several days has led officials to hope that more than 10 percent of voters would turn out.

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