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CT: 'Astounding' Showing for Primary Vote

By Lyndsey Layton
George Cody knows elections. Cody, the registrar of voters in New Canaan, Conn., and president of the state's association of registrars, has been running polling places for 20 years.

And he says he's never seen anything like this primary.

"It's just been phenomenal -- the number of new people who have come out to register, who want to participate," Cody said. "For a primary, it's astounding. There's been more activity in the past month than I've seen in years."

In his small town of New Canaan -- population 12,000 -- turnout by 1 p.m. was 33 percent of registered Democrats and 25 percent of registered Republicans. Which makes things a lot more lively than some low-turnout general elections of the past. "I'm having a lot of fun," Cody said.

One big concern -- a snow forecast -- melted into light rain by the time the polls opened this morning. "That was one of the major fears, that Old Man Winter would cast his vote," Cody said. "But seems like the only person staying home this year is Old Man Winter."

By Washington Post editors  |  February 5, 2008; 2:51 PM ET
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