With polls open for about three hours, voter turnout at Rachel Carson Elementary School was light, according to the chief election judge.
Angelo Witten, who has served as an election judge in the past, said the turnout has been comparable to what he saw during the 2010 gubernatorial election.
But Brandon Rippeon, a Republican candidate running for Congress, said there could be a silver lining in the low turnout.
"Low turnout definitely doesn't help the incumbent," he said outside Rachel Carson ES this morning.
He was enthusiastic about his chances, pointing to what he felt was a strong early voting response.
But in a precinct with nearly 4,000 registered voters, at 10am only 120 had cast ballots.
Pete Khalaf said the presidential primary was what compelled him to the polls today.
"I don't like what's going on, financially," he said. He voted for Mitt Romney because "he's got the best shot at taking down the current President."
Despite the heavy media coverage of the Republican presidential primary and the four remaining candidates, only one third of voters this morning were Republicans.
According to Witten, there were 74 Democratic voters, 40 Republicans and six "other" votes.
He expected a surge around lunchtime.