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04/22/08 - Philadelphia

Democrats Hit Polls Early For Pennsylvania Primary

Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton could bring out a record number of Pennsylvania voters for the state's Democratic primary.

If more than 2.3 million of the 4.2 million registered party members show up at the polls, it would set a modern record for the state's Democratic presidential primary . Voters were out early across the state, including at a church in Allentown, where a line snaked out the door.

The current record -- of just under 55 percent -- was set in 1980, when Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy narrowly defeated then-President Carter in Pennsylvania.

Democratic enrollment began to soar earlier this year when it became apparent that neither candidate would clinch the nomination before Pennsylvania's primary.

Information courtesy of the Associated Press.

Cathryn Khalil, reporting.

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