-- Valdosta, Ga. -- March 15, 2012 --
Georgia's Secretary of State Brian Kemp has certified that just over a million Georgians voted in the presidential primaries on March 6.
That's about twenty percent of the state's 5.8 million registered voters.
In Lowndes County the turnout was even lower. 7,000 people came out to vote. That's out of the 44,000 active registered voters or about 1 in 6.
One Georgia voter, Amy Lollis, spoke about her experience at the polls. She said "I did go right after I dropped my kids off at school. And I think there was just me and one other person in there. I guess which was a surprise cause I thought there would be a big turnout."
Newt Gingrich captured 47% of voters in Georgia. Mitt Romney came in second with 25% of the vote. But with recent wins in Alabama and Mississippi, Rick Santorum is gaining momentum.
One of the possible reasons why voter turnout was less than expected here in Georgia is because President Obama was the only democratic candidate on the ballot.
Back in 2008 the voter turnout for the Presidential primaries in Georgia was much higher. Nearly a third of all active voters went to the polls.