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Voter turnout for two Democratic congressional primaries remained low in drizzling rain heading into the evening hours Tuesday, with just 10,030 voters — 5.56 percent of eligible voters countywide — casting ballots as of 6 p.m.

Polls remain open until 9 p.m.

In the 1st District, where former Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and former Suffolk Planning Commission chairman David Calone are battling for the right to face GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin in November, 7,192 voters have turned out, or 5.43 percent of the Democratic electorate.

In the 3rd District, where five contenders are battling for the nomination to succeed retiring Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), turnout was at 5.9 percent, with 2,890 votes cast, according to the Suffolk Board of Elections.

In that race, more than half the votes so far — 3,838 — were from Brookhaven — Calone’s hometown — where there was a 4.38 percent turnout.

In Southampton, Throne-Holst’s home turf, 1,192 voters have turned out, a 9.96 percent turnout.

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East Hampton and Southold turnout by 6 p.m. was more than 10 percent. But the number of voters was smaller — 576 in East Hampton and 450 in Southold.

Shelter Island’s turnout was 17.3 percent, but that amounted to only 140 votes.

In the Smithtown portion of the 1st, 605 votes were cast, for a turnout of 4.4 percent. Riverhead cast 327 votes, a 5.76 percent turnout, while the tiny part of Islip in the district has cast 64 votes for a 2.54 percent turnout.

In the 3rd District, which runs along the North Shore in Nassau, Queens and western Suffolk, former Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi, former North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, North Hempstead Town Board member Anna Kaplan and Jericho attorney Jonathan Clarke are competing with a lone Suffolk contender, Legis. Steve Stern, of Dix Hills.

In Suffolk, with about 30 percent of the eligible voters, 2,593 votes were cast in Stern’s hometown of Huntington, a 6.1 percent turnout. Twelve of 178 election districts did not report.

In Smithtown, 297 voters had cast ballots, for a 4.6 percent turnout. Three of 32 EDs there did not report.

In the Nassau portion of the 3rd District, turnout was just over 4 percent at 2:30 p.m., said Nassau Democratic Board of Elections Commissioner David Gugerty.

With Robert Brodsky