Voter turnout in the general election appeared to be at about the same low level as the last gubernatorial election four years ago.
Votes counted as of about 11 p.m. showed turnout at 52 percent — about the same as the 52.7 percent turnout in 2006.
A few thousand votes likely still to be added to the final prinout.
Turnout will fall short of the 2008 presidential election when native son Barack Obama was elected president. Voter turnout was 66 percent in 2008.
Absentee turnout accounted for about 39 percent of Election Day’s vote tally, pending final returns. That’s less than the 44 percent absentee turnout in this year’s primary election, but higher than the 38 percent absentee voter turnout in the 2008 general election.