AZ: High Turnout in McCain's Home State
By Ann Scott Tyson
Republican presidential contender Sen. John McCain cast his vote in Phoenix at about 9 am this morning after fellow voters greeted him with cheers, according to party officials and local news reports. McCain then traveled to Colorado but will return to his home state this evening to watch the election returns at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix.
Turnout in Arizona was expected to be as high as 85 percent, boosted partly by a new permanent early voting system.
Long lines formed at polling places early in the morning, but voting proceeded with no major irregularities, the officials said. At one polling place in Phoenix, officials tried to throw out some people campaigning nearby, but they were allowed to resume once it was determined they were outside the 75-foot perimeter surrounding the site, a Republican party official said.
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