50 percent voter turnout predicted for Louisiana
BATON ROUGE - Secretary of State Tom Schedler says he expects about half of Louisiana's 2.9 million registered voters to cast ballots for the Nov. 4 election.
That's above turnout in the last midterm congressional election, but still well below the 68 percent of voters who showed up at the polls for the 2012 presidential election.
Schedler is Louisiana's top elections official. He based his projection Monday on turnout in the state's early voting period, which runs through Tuesday.
About 30,000 people per day have been casting their ballots early, with the strongest turnout in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Top of the list of elections is a heated U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu and Republicans Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness, along with several hotly-contested congressional races.