150,000 North Carolinians vote on 1st day

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Submitted: Fri, 10/19/2012 - 3:13pm
Updated: Fri, 10/19/2012 - 11:40pm

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Officials say about 150,000 North Carolinians cast their ballots on the first day of early voting.

Election officials say the number of ballots cast Thursday surpassed the first day of voting four years ago. Officials say about 117,000 people cast their ballots on the first day of early voting in 2008.

Officials say as many as 70 percent of voters might cast their ballots in North Carolina before the Nov. 6 election day. Early voting ends Nov. 3.

North Carolina is one of eight swing states that could decide the outcome of the presidential election.

President Obama won North Carolina four years ago, the first Democrat to carry the state in 32 years. He also received more of the early votes than Republican John McCain.

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5 Comments on "150,000 North Carolinians vote on 1st day"

2015 years 8 months ago

I voted today and I sure hope I helped send Obama and his right hand man McIntyre packing come November, that’s my HOPE and CHANGE for 2013!

2015 years 8 months ago

It sure would beat the “I hope you can spare some change” of the last four years.

2015 years 8 months ago

If you vote this early, how will you know who to vote for in the Insurance Commissioner race? If Goodwin approves the increase on home owners insurance or puts it off until after the election, let’s get rid of him. If he goes against it, let’s bring him back for 4 more. I could care less if he’s Democrat or Republican. Use your head people.

2015 years 8 months ago

he’s nothing but a bobble headed stooge who bends with every change in wind direction.

Statistics would confirm the inland counties sustain far greater dollar amounts of wind loss; areas such as Rocky Mount, Goldsboro, Raleigh & even Charlotte.

What increase are they getting?

2015 years 8 months ago

My guess is that he will try to delay his decision until after the election. True form for a spineless politician. The ball is in his court. I just hope that John Q eventually develops the intelligence to understand that straight party voting gets us nowhere. My home (near the water) has sustained many hurricanes without damage. The rate increase is bunk as the insurance industry threw me into a wind and hail pool years ago. How can they justify a rate increase? They have no liability for wind and hail damage. Am I wrong about this? I still say, let’s wait and see which way he runs. Jim Long (D) usually pulled through.