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Kris Kobach predicts 50 percent turnout in Kansas

Kobach AP

Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday that the 2014 midterm election in Kansas will look a whole lot like the last midterm in 2010.

He predicted that about 50 percent of the state’s 1,744,857 registered voters would cast votes in Tuesday’s election, and that’s exactly the percentage that cast votes in 2010.

“We expect this year to look much like 2010 in terms of voter turnout,” Kobach said in a statement.

Figures from his office showed that 52 percent of registered voters turned out for the 2006 midterm, 53 percent in 2002 and 50 percent in 1998. Kansans elect their governors in mid-term elections.

“This is a really important election year, and now is the time to make your voice be heard,” said Kobach, who is seeking re-election this year against Democrat Jean Schodorf.

The final voter registration count:

777,754 Republicans.

426,981 Democrats.

527,129 unaffiliated voters

12,993 Libertarians

The number of Reform Party candidates was unavailable.