July 24, 2014 at 1:00 am

High spending, low turnouts mark primaries

The midterm election primary season is drawing record-low voter turnout in some states, a sign perhaps, of widespread apathy in both parties ahead of Novemberís elections.

Campaign spending is poised to make history, but that hasnít drawn voters to the polls. Fifteen of the 25 states that have had statewide primary elections in 2014 each have reported record-low percentages of voters who participated. The Center for the Study of the American Electorate this week said only 18 million of the almost 123 million voters eligible to cast ballots in primaries have done so this year.

(Note to Michigan voters: The state primary is Aug. 5)

Democrats saw a 29 percent decline from 2010ís primaries. Republicans posted a 15 percent decline in participation from the same year, although in 2010, tea party enthusiasm caused a spike in participation.

The Associated Press has compiled this look at several interesting races across the country.