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Three Compete in GOP Senate Primary; Gillibrand Awaits

NY US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

The three Republicans running in a primary to take on Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are meeting voters around New York, rounding up endorsements and lobbing critiques at the incumbent.

But with primary day looming June 26, are people paying attention?

Polls show most voters still don't know much about lawyer Wendy Long, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos or U.S. Representative Bob Turner. Low turnout is expected on primary day for an election among candidates still trying to build name recognition.

They are fighting for attention in a sprawling state where primary turnouts can be notoriously low. Just under 7 percent of Republicans voted in last month's presidential primary.

With so few voters expected, the campaigns stressed the importance of reaching out to motivated Republicans.

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