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The Times
  • Editorial: Exercise your right to vote

  • Five states, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and Rhode Island, will hold Republican presidential primaries today, and although there are four names on the ballot, it isn’t much of a contest. We hope people participate, because today’s primary still represents an opportunity for Republicans.

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  • Five states, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and Rhode Island, will hold Republican presidential primaries today, and although there are four names on the ballot, it isn’t much of a contest.
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee, is expected to easily win all five contests.
    What’s unfortunate is that turnout at polling places is expected to be considerably smaller than that of the last two GOP presidential primaries in 2000 and 2008, both of which offered far more competitive races that attracted upwards of 40 percent of eligible voters. Election officials estimate that today’s turnout will only attract between 15 and 20 percent of GOP voters — if that much.
    It would have been nice if today’s primary was more exciting, but we hope people participate, because today’s primary still represents an opportunity for Republicans.
    It’s a chance to show support for Romney and his position on the issues that will frame this year’s presidential election. It’s also a chance to express any displeasure and send a message that there’s still much work to be done to solidify the GOP base.
    Make your voice heard.
    Norwich, Conn., Bulletin
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