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Tue., Sept. 9, 2008, 5:32 p.m.

Final words on the state primary

The Secretary of State's office certified the results of the Aug. 19 primary, and the only figure in doubt--the final turnout -- is known.

It's 42.6 percent, which is a bit under what Secretary of State Sam Reed predicted, but in the ballpark for a primary in a presidential year. And Reed is quick to point out that's better than some other state's primaries, like Alabama at 15.1 percent and Iowa at 9.2 percent.

And they say Iowa has such good, salt of the earth, concerned voters. Apparently once the caucues are over, who the heck cares?

Reed, a big fan of mail-in voting, noted that mail vote turn out (or maybe that's turn in) was 47 percent, while poll site voting in King and Pierce counties was 16 percent.

And the big winner?

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