Alabama turnout Tuesday expected to equal 2008

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Political experts are expecting Alabama voters to turn out Tuesday in numbers similar to 2008, even though this election lacks the history-making excitement of 4 years ago.

Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Beth Chapman, said she's looking for 72 to 74% of Alabama's 2.8 million voters to participate. That compares to 73.8% four years ago and 72.5% in 2004.

Alabama State University political scientist D'Linell Finley predicts about the same turnout as 2008, while Jess Brown, a political scientist at Athens State University, said it may be down a small amount. Brown said Alabama doesn't have a U.S. Senate race and the six U.S. House incumbents with opposition aren't in hotly contested races.

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