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(dailynews.com) The outcome of Tuesday’s statewide and local primaries could be decided by just a small fraction of the electorate — even though several races offer voters a rare chance to handpick new leadership for agencies mired in scandal.

“Absolutely, voter turnout will be low,” Claremont McKenna College political science professor Jack Pitney said. “The only question is how low.”

Races on Tuesday’s primary ballot range from governor to local city council seats. But among the most high-profile in Los Angeles are the crowded, competitive field for sheriff, two open seats on the Board of Supervisors and county assessor.

In the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys, voters will pick successors for retiring Reps. Henry Waxman and Buck McKeon, who have served 40 and 20 years in Congress, respectively.

Long Beach voters have a choice to elect either their first black mayor in Damon Dunn, or their first Latino and first openly gay mayor in Robert Garcia.

Glendale and Torrance are also scheduled to hold municipal elections, while the Los Angeles Unified School District will fill a vacancy created by the death of board member Marguerite LaMotte.

Even though many of the local races offer voters the first time to elect a non-incumbent for years, turnout is expected to be low because the top of the ticket — the governor’s race — is not seen as very competitive this year.

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