Moderate turnout as NC voters head to the polls - FOX Carolina 21

Moderate turnout as NC voters head to the polls

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -

North Carolina voting officials said turnout picked up in the final hours before the polls close in primaries across the state.

State elections director Gary Bartlett said Tuesday evening that turnout increased in the afternoon, especially in the mountains after the rain moved out of the eastern part of the state.

Bartlett said he thinks turnout could top the 37 percent that voted in the 2008 elections.

Bartlett said it has been a smooth day for voters overall and 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 closed at 7:30 p.m.

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