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Gay marriage amendment driving early voting

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RALEIGH, NC (AP)-- Intense interest in a ballot measure that would change North Carolina's constitution with a ban on gay marriage or other domestic unions is generating a surge in early voting.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that turnout for early voting leading up to the May 8 primary election is on pace to top any other primary since the state began one-stop voting in 2000.

The first week of one-stop voting has even surpassed the first week in the presidential primary election of 2008 between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

More than 120,000 votes have been case so far, even though the Republican presidential nominee is no longer an issue.

Statewide organizers on both sides say they're encouraged by the early voting numbers and that their cause will win.

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