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Special election voter turnout dismal

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Voter turnout in the city's special election has been dismal.

Just about 30,000 Memphians have cast their ballots during early voting, which ends Saturday.

Some say many voters might be thinking the race is already over, with A.C. Wharton considered by many to be the one to beat. That perceived victory could be keeping many voters from showing up early or voting at all.
"You know, if a Lowery or Chumney had $250,000, $300,000, I think you'd see a difference," said Shelby County Election Commission Chairman Bill Giannini.

He also points to a recent poll commissioned in part by The Commercial Appeal that puts Wharton at 45 percent. His closest competitor, Carol Chumney, took just 11 percent.

"I think some of the media coverage has compelled people to not vote," said Giannini.
But some voters say they don't believe the race is over.
"I mean, I'm not downing A.C. Wharton, but we have plenty of candidates I think would be acceptable for this particular position," said voter Cameron Cunningham.

Voter Judy Stanley agrees.

"A.C. Wharton is a fine citizen, familiar to everybody, but there are a lot of candidates on that ballot," she said.

Election day is just one week away.

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