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Turnout expected to be heavy for Harrisburg mayoral race

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Perhaps the most watched race in Tuesday's election is the Democratic primary for Harrisburg mayor.

Incumbent Linda Thompson is trying to fight off strong challenges from Dan Miller and Eric Papenfuse. Lewis Butts is also on the ballot.

We chased down random strangers along the river in Harrisburg and found a number of city residents who were planning to vote in the primary and were very much interested in the mayor's race.

"I do hear a lot of people excited about getting a new mayor or keeping our new mayor," said Erma Palmer. "There's a lot of back and forth on the mayor vote thing. But I'm definitely going to get out there and vote."

"My thinking is turnout will be higher than 2009," said Jim Lee of Susquehanna Polling & Research.

Lee gave us a quick history on voter turnout in recent Harrisburg Democratic mayoral primaries. Back in 2005 he says it was 28% of all registered Democrats. Four years ago it was 32%.

This time??

"I'm very convinced you're going to see turnout way above what it was--above that 32%," Lee said. "I wouldn't be surprised if it was 40 or 50% of all registered Democrats that showed up."

We also found two residents who were going to be voting for the first time in a Harrisburg primary.

"Kind of new to the Harrisburg area so I don't really like a lot of what's going on," said Caitlyn Keffer. "So I think it's kind of worth changing it."

ANother first time primary voter was still wrestling with his decision. But it was down to two.

"I'm not sure which one I'll ultimately go for," said Nayeem Islam. "But hopefully by tonight I'll have a decision but I'm think it's going to be as I walk to the poll tomorrow."

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