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Turnout slower than expected in NC primary vote


RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina voting officials say turnout is a little lower than expected for the primaries across the state.

State elections director Gary Bartlett said Tuesday afternoon that he is getting reports turnout is getting lighter, especially where it is raining. A line of showers has been crossing the state most of the day.

Bartlett says he isn't sure any more that overall turnout will exceed 37 percent, which was the highest level in at least 25 years.

Bartlett says few problems have been reported.

A constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage is driving turnout, but North Carolina voters also are choosing nominees for governor, 13 congressional districts, nine of the 10 Council of State positions and dozens of General Assembly seats. Polls are open until 7:30 p.m.

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