— "Nationally, more than 40% of eligible voters cast ballots in Tuesday's elections," says USA Today. "That's up modestly from a turnout rate of 39.7% in" 2002. Among the preliminary findings: "The USA's tightest Senate races brought out thousands more voters. The turnout rate in Virginia's Senate race was 52%, compared to 39% in the last midterm election in 2002... Montana's turnout rate increased to 62% from 55%." Conversely, "[t]urnout sagged in less-competitive states." And, "Contentious ballot measures didn't always draw voters. In Colorado - where voters banned gay marriage, raised the minimum wage and turned down legalizing small amounts of marijuana - the turnout rate was about 58%, up from 49%. But turnout in South Dakota, which rejected a strict abortion ban, dropped to 67% from 72% in 2002."