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CT: Steady Turnout

By Lyndsey Layton
Turnout in Connecticut has been steady through the morning and could set a primary record, elections officials said.

"The biggest issue we've had today is people calling us up and saying where is my polling place?" said Adam Joseph, a spokesman for Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz.

Because Connecticut does not have centralized data collection, officials won't know turnout numbers until after the polls close at 8 p.m. But a quick survey of 20 polling places around the state found that business has been brisk this morning, Joseph said.

Clinton and Obama began the day in a virtual tie in Connecticut and this is the first time the nutmeg state has held its primary on Super Tuesday -- two factors that have stirred interest among voters. In the Republican contest, polls leading up to today showed John McCain with a comfortable lead.

Four of the state's 800-plus polling places experienced problems with optical scanners, forcing them to switch to backup machines, Joseph said.

By Washington Post Editor  |  February 5, 2008; 12:51 PM ET
 
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