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Ga., Ky. primaries: Lots of attention, few votes

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ATLANTA (AP) - Republican Senate primaries in Georgia and Kentucky have attracted international attention. But they'll be settled by a relatively small slice of the electorate.

Seven candidates in Georgia want to replace retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss. The race will help determine which party controls the Senate in the final two years of the Obama administration. But early voting suggests fewer than 600,000 ballots will decide which two candidates advance to a July runoff.

That would be at least 78,000 fewer votes than a heated Republican primary for governor in 2010. Georgia has about 5 million active registered voters and about 10 million residents.

In Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to coast over Republican primary rival Matt Bevin. But election officials there also expected a low turnout.

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