Voter turnout has been slow in East Hampton and Portland for the primary on Tuesday.
At 3 p.m. there had been a little more than 600 voters in East Hampton and 450 in Portland.
The big race on the ballot is for the U.S. Senate. Democrats Susan Bysiewicz and Chris Murphy are battling for the chance to run against the winner of the Republican primary — between Linda McMahon and former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays — for Sen. Joseph Lieberman's seat in Washington.
Another race on the ballot in both towns is for the 33rd State Senate District. Democrats Jim Crawford and Mary Ellen Klinck are vying for outgoing State Sen. Eileen Daily's seat. Daily, who has held the seat for 20 years, announced earlier that she would not seek another term for health reasons. The winner will face Republican Art Linares of Westbrook in November.
In East Hampton, there also is a primary on the Republican side in the Second Congressional District. Paul Formica of East Lyme is running against Daria Novak of Madison. The winner there will face incumbent Joe Courtney.
There had been some confusion with the ballot experienced in East Hampton and Portland. How the candidates were listed had resulted in several ballots being discarded.
Check back later with Patch for the results of Tuesday's primary.