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U.S. Sen. Brown Remains Confident After Low Democrat Turnout at Primaries

Sen. Brown is unfazed by primary turnout.
Sen. Brown is unfazed by primary turnout.

Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown says he is not surprised or worried about the lower Democratic voter turnout during yesterday's primary election.

Across the board, the Republican turn out was higher Ohio, though overall voter turnout was lower than typical primaries.

Brown says that shouldn't worry Democrats when it comes to November. He points to a divisive Republican primary.

Sen. Brown on primary voter turnout

“I think the enthusiasm is clearly on the side of people who want a different direction for this country and want a different direction for this state. As for what drove the turnout on the Republican side was clear. On the Democratic side there weren’t a lot of TV ads, there weren’t a lot of attacks back and forth to kind of get people going,” said Brown.

Brown also believes the primary results demonstrate a strong showing for Democrats in the governor’s race, with Rich Cordray beating five opponents with about two-thirds of the vote.

Brown is up for reelection this year and ran unopposed in the primary. He’ll face Republican Jim Renacci in the general election.

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Brooke is a senior journalism major and photojournalism minor. She has experience in photography, multimedia, print, radio and visual journalism. She has worked with Kent State student media including The Kent Stater and KentWired. She is a disc jockey and the former web director for Black Squirrel Radio. She is currently the general manager of Black Squirrel Radio.