Turnout appears high in many parts of the US

Turnout appears high in many parts of the US

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Mike Wigart (2nd L), 30, picks up his ballot at a polling station in the garage of the Los Angeles County lifeguard headquarters on November 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Californians will cast ballots in dozens of tight races including Gov. Jerry Brown's tax plan, abolishing the death penalty, easing the state's strict "three strikes" sentencing law and also in the Presidential race between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 6 at 2:27 PM

WASHINGTON -- Turnout appears to be high in many parts of the country, with long waits at some polling places as voters deliver their Election Day verdict.

Both Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama need their supporters to show up in high numbers. A robust turnout among minorities would favor Obama, while Romney is looking for a strong showing among working-class white men.

Several storm-ravaged areas of New York and New Jersey and several swing states are reporting heavy turnout. The out reports were a relief for officials who feared Superstorm Sandy might keep people from the polls.

More than 131 million people turned out to vote for president in 2008, shattering all previous records.

This year, more than 32 million people voted before Election Day, either by mail or in person.

 

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