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Cincinnati mayoral election: Will voters show up for Cranley vs. Qualls in November?

Primary turnout was just 5.6 percent

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CINCINNATI - The low turnout for the Cincinnati mayoral primary this week doesn’t bode well for a big turnout in November, Xavier University political analyst Gene Beaupre said.

Only 11,436 voted – that’s 5.6 percent of registered voters and the lowest number in years.
 
While no one was expecting a door buster, 5.6 percent for a mayoral primary could be worrisome.

"Anybody who wasn't surprised wasn't telling the truth, to be honest with you," Beaupre said.

"This is not a good bellwether for being a bump in turnout in November."

John Cranley and Roxanne Qualls easily finished 1-2 out of four candidates and will square off in November. Cranley won the primary with 56 percent of the vote while Qualls took 37 percent. 
 
Cincinnati resident Geoff Hoffman knew there was an election, but he said he didn't see any point in voting.

"The two top vote-getters didn't seem to have much competition," Hoffman said.

That apathy may have infected the candidates, too. Beaupre said they didn't seem to campaign as hard as they could have.

"You just gotta be in the hunt. And they knew they were going to be in the hunt,” Beaupre said.

Hoffman said he won’t skip the November election.

"I'm definitely going to the polls in November. That's going to be a major election," he said.

Cranley and Qualls will debate live on WCPO and WCPO.com on Oct. 15  at 7 p.m.

WCPO is hosting the debate along with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati area.

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