Voter Turnout Low in Missouri for Primaries

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The race for the Republican nomination for president has been at fever pitch. The turnout at Tuesday's primary election in Missouri was low.

Technically, the election doesn't count so that may not be a bad thing. Some of the voters who talked to FOX 4 on Tuesday said they were glad to have the opportunity to have their voice heard.

Only six people voted during the hour that FOX 4 spent at one metro polling place. Even candidates weren't really paying attention to Tuesday's primary. Newt Gingrich didn't even file the paperwork to be on Tuesday's Ballot. Rick Santorum was the only one who campaigned in Missouri.

It all started when Missouri and some other states moved up the primary dates. The Republican National Committee didn't like that and threatened to take away half the state's delegates. Florida went ahead with the election anyway but Missouri caved.

Missouri's delegates will actually be selected at caucuses in March. The legislature couldn't change the law to get the primary canceled so it still went on as planned. Voters say they disagree with the idea that this vote doesn't count.

"There's a couple million people in this state and their vote counts," said voter Doug McFadden.

Some still say it's a huge waste of money to hold an election that's non-binding. The Secretary of State's Office estimates this election will cost the State of Missouri $7-million.

The polls will be open until 7 p.m. on Tuesday. FOX 4 News will have election results on later editions of FOX 4 News.

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