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N.C. sees huge voter turn-out

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WILMINGTON -- Ladies and gentlemen, start your political engines. It's primary day in North Carolina and Indiana.

Hillary Clinton hit the brickyard in Indianapolis today hoping to cross the finish line ahead of Barack Obama tonight.

72 delegates are up for grabs in Indiana.

Barack Obama started his day in Indiana with a surprise visit to a diner in Greenwood. But his day will end here in North Carolina.

Our 115 delegates look mighty appealing in a race this tight, almost as good as the omelette and hash browns he ordered for breakfast.

Obama will be in Raleigh tonight.

With his parties nomination all but officially locked up Republican John McCain visited Winston-Salem today. In a speech at Wake Forest University he pledged to nominate strict-constructionist judges to the federal bench. He also criticized Obama for not voting to confirm Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

Race for governor

The other big statewide race tonight is the race for governor. Incumbent Mike Easley is not eligible to run for another term and a crowded field of candidates is vying to replace him.

On the Republican side there are five candidates, including Bob Graham, Robert Orr, Fred Smith, Elbie Powers and Pat McCrory.

Three people are seeking the Democratic nomination: Richard Moore, Beverly Perdue and Dennis Nielsen. Michael Munger is the lone Libertarian.

Lear more about the gubernatorial candidates here.

Polls open in highly-anticipated primary

Lines and waits greeted some voters this morning. Record turn-out was expected as North Carolina voted in a presidential primary that matters for the first time in at least a generation. Elections officials in New Hanover and Pender Counties told NewsChannel 3 the biggest problems early in the day were caused by voters who did not know their polling place had changed since the last time they voted.

Stay with NewsChannel 3 and wwaytv3.com throughout the evening for all the latest election news, results and analysis.

North Carolina's historic primary day has arrived

North Carolina's pivotal primary day has arrived.

Voters across the state prepared to cast crucial ballots Tuesday that could sway a historic race for the White House and an equally competitive campaign for the Executive Mansion.

The most significant primary in at least two decades has already brought signs of record turnout. Nearly half a million people had already cast early and absentee ballots as of Monday -- more than half of the total number of voters who cast a ballot during the 2004 primary overall.

The boon at the ballot box appears to hold the biggest sway over the Democratic races, including the top-of-ballot match between presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Elsewhere, candidates in both parties have been locked in a lengthy and expensive race for governor.

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