A low turnout in today's Republican presidential primary meant each vote came at a cost of about $82.76 in election costs.
A total of 145 of the 1,265 registered Republicans in New London came out to cast a ballot in the primary, a voter turnout of about 11.5 percent. Eighty-one votes went to Mitt Romney, who is the presumptive nominee, while Ron Paul had 31 votes and Newt Gingrich had 21. Five votes went to Rick Santorum, who recently suspended his presidential campaign, and seven votes were uncommitted.
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Barbara Major, the Republican registrar of voters, said she the primary cost at least $12,000 in ballots, election clerks, and other costs. She said she wasn't surprised at the low turnout.
"The primary was held too late, and with Santorum bowing out it's a one-man race," she said.
CNN is projecting that Romney has won primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. New York's primary also occurred today, although the state's polls closed at 9 p.m.
District 1 District 2 District 3 Absentee Total Newt Gingrich 5 9 7 0 21 Ron Paul 14 6 7 4 31 Mitt Romney 12 31 33 5 81 Rick Santorum 0 5 0 0 5 Uncommitted 1 2 3 1 7