Voter turnout statewide was 52 percent, matching 2006

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By Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — About half of New Mexico's registered voters cast ballots in the general election.

Unofficial returns from the secretary of state's office showed about 599,000 people participated in Tuesday's election. That represents about 52 percent of New Mexico's voter registration.

The rate of voter turnout matched the 2006 gubernatorial election, when not quite 569,000 voted. Turnout was 53 percent in 2002.

Turnout in midterm elections typically is lower than during presidential election years. About 70 percent of registered voters participated in the 2008 election.

The state canvassing board will meet later this month to certify final election results.