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30% of county’s voters cast ballots in primary

Almost 30 percent of Covington County’s 21,292 registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s party primaries.

A total of 5,522 voters went to the polls on Tuesday, and Probate Judge Ben Bowden called the turnout good.

“We had 25 percent turnout in the 2008 primaries,” Bowden said. “There were a lot of important things going on in ’08. To have 30 percent given the weather and the holiday was good. I’m pleased that we beat last election and hope for a higher number next time.”

As vote returns came in to the Covington County Courthouse, those close to political races were busy collecting numbers from across the state county, district and state to see how their candidates fared. Bowden also was checking his Blackberry.

“Mostly, I’m happy with the Cardinals’ numbers,” he joked.

Bowden coaches the Cardinals in the city’s Cal Ripken League, and was getting updates of the game from the ballpark.

Probate Judge Ben Bowden accepts returns from poll workers at the courthouse Tuesday.