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03/09/04 - East Texas

Early Voting Brisk, But Election Day Polling Slow in East Texas

It's a big day in East Texas politics.  For many races the primary vote is "winner take all" -- determining who'll fill the office.

At the polling place at Pollard Methodist Church in Tyler, just a few voters came in during the time we were there. Supporters of candidates for Congress and district attorney were there nonetheless to make their pitch for their candidate.

Areawide, we're looking at a bit over six percent of registered voters casting ballots during early voting that ended Friday.  That is higher than average for a primary election.

  In Smith and Gregg Counties, contested Republican races drew a large majority of total primary voters.

  In Cherokee County, the only contested races were on the Democratic ballot, so Democrats were voting at about a 3-to-1 rate. When all the votes are tabulated, the Texas Secretary of State estimates that 14 percent of eligible voters will have cast ballots this election.

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