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Voter turnout down in Rome after first day of runoffs

Polls close Monday to decide city mayor

Voter turnout down in Rome after first day of runoffs

Rome, June 10 - Voter turnout in Rome that started Sunday and continues throughout Monday was lower than the first round of local elections, according to the interior ministry. At Sunday's 10 pm closing, only 32.30% of voters had gone to the polls compared to 37.69% two weeks earlier. During the first round of elections May 26-27, which ended in a runoff, only 52.78% of Romans cast ballots over a two-day voting period, down from 73.52% at the last mayoral elections in 2008. Ignazio Marino of the center-left Democratic Party (PD) led projections Monday with 42.60%, ahead of incumbent Mayor Gianni Alemanno of the center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party of Silvio Berlusconi with 30.27%. The polls in the country's capital are open until 3 pm Monday.

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