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MO: In Key State, Early Problems Solved

By Rob Stein
State election officials in Missouri said voting was going smoothly despite a few reports of minor problems early in the day.

"We had isolated issues during the day that have been pretty much addressed," said Mindy Mazur of the secretary of state's office.

Officials were expecting a heavy turnout, and there were reports of long lines in some parts of Springfield and St. Louis. But heavy rain and possible snow and sleet could limit that, Mazur said.

"The weather is kind of the big thing today," she said.

Officials were making contingency plans for delivering the results tonight in case the weather is bad, she said.

"People have backup plans to make sure they don't get stuck in the snow with voting results in rural areas," Mazur said. "We want to make sure the results get to the right place after the polls close."

Fifty-eight delegates are at stake on the Republican side, and 88 are up for grabs for the Democrats in one of the most competitive states for both parties.

By Washington Post editors  |  February 5, 2008; 3:48 PM ET
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