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Primary election today, but few seem willing to head to polls

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It's primary election day in Wisconsin and while there's a lot of stake, most state residents don't seem to care.

State officials only expect 15 percent of those registered -- or 637,000 voters -- to show up at the polls.

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They'll decide if 30-year U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., of Menomonee Falls should stay on the job. He has a rare primary challenger in Concordia professor Jim Burkee of Cedarburg.

All told, there are primaries for four of Wisconsin's eight House seats.

Perhaps the best-known challenger is Kevin Barrett, the former University of Wisconsin-Madison lecturer who said Sept. 11 was an inside job

He's running against Ben Olson in a Libertarian primary for the Third District seat held by U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., of La Crosse.

Democrats Roger Kittelson and Mark Wollum hope to win the right to challenge GOP House incumbent Tom Petri of Fond du Lac.

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., of Janesville, has three Democratic primary challengers - Marge Krupp, Mike Hebert and Paulette Garin.

There are 34 state Assembly primaries today, with the jobs of 11 incumbents on the line.

There are also primaries for numerous county offices, plus some local referendums.

All polls open at 7 a.m., and close at 8 p.m.

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