Turnout Reportedly Light So Far in 2010 Primary

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Turnout appears to be light as voters go to the polls in Rhode Island to cast ballots in several closely watched federal, state and local primary races.

Polls close at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Chris Barnett, a spokesman for the secretary of state's office, says turnout for primaries in races for statewide offices usually draw about 20 percent of registered voters.

Foot traffic was slow at several Providence precincts Tuesday morning.

Voters said the economy was among their top concerns.

Several said they were torn among the Democratic candidates running to replace Patrick Kennedy in Congress. Providence Mayor David Cicilline, former party Chairman Bill Lynch, businessman Anthony Gemma and state Rep. David Segal are in a heated contest.

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