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Published November 06, 2012, 09:09 AM

North Dakota breaks record for early voting

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota residents have broken a record for early voting for the second straight presidential election.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota residents have broken a record for early voting for the second straight presidential election.

About 130,000 people had already voted in the state before polling locations even opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday, smashing the record set in 2008 by about 10,000 votes.

About 90,000 of this year's early voters cast ballots by mail. Another 40,000 visited early voting precincts.

Historically, presidential elections draw far more voters than midterm elections. President Barack Obama did not carry heavily Republican North Dakota in 2008 and is not expected to this year.

Voting is being done at polling sites across the state Tuesday.

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