Up to 20 percent voter turnout anticipated for Tuesday's primary election

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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY)- Voting is just about to begin in the state's partisan primary on Tuesday.

Voters at the voting booth, Photo Date: 10/30/2014 / Photo: Maryland State Archives / CC BY 2.0 / MGN

On the ballet are some hotly contested races to be decided on both the Republican and Democratic ticket.

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In the race for US Senate on the Republican side, State Senator Leah Vukmir is challenging businessman Kevin Nicholson.

The winner of that race will take on Senator Tammy Baldwin in November. Baldwin, a Democrat, is seeking her second term.

Meanwhile, eight Democrats are on the ballot for a chance to run against Governor Scott Walker.

Of those, only Tony Evers has been previously elected to a state office and he leads in recent polling.

Those who vote on Tuesday likely won't face the long lines that can be typical in November.

That's because turnout is only projected to fall between 14 and 20 percent for the partisan primary, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

"When you've got two strongly contested primaries -- one on the Republican side for US Senate, one on the Democratic side for governor -- that tends to generate more interest, so it's likely that turnout will be on the higher end of that historical range," said Reid Magney, Public Information Officer with the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

Action 2 News also checked early voting numbers.

Of the 123,000 ballots requested, more than 98,500 came back.

That's more than any of the past eight years for an August primary going back to 2010.

Local Democrats say the enthusiasm on their end isn't surprising.

Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Outagamie County Matt Lederer said, "It's very high. I think people, like I said, they're excited about the candidates, they're excited about our chances. There's a lot of energy, a lot of volunteers coming out already when normally people aren't really thinking about the election yet."

On the Republican side, Jim Duncan says Northeast Wisconsin voters tend to be more independent than those in other areas of the state and that could tilt the outcome of the US Senate race.

"We've been pretty independent. Even Republicans are independents, you know, you have 'never-Trumpers' out there, but it is key in this area of the state to get people out," said Duncan, who is Chair of the Outagamie Co. Republican Party.

Even if turnout is on the high end at 20 percent, that's still low compared to the 50-55 percent that typically vote in November during a Presidential midterm.