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Nov 5, 2014 5:41 PM

Turnout at Tuesday's election appears to be record-breaker


CONCORD - On Wednesday, the official voter turnout numbers weren't released yet, but all early indications show it could be a record setting midterm election.

Deputy Secretary of State Dave Scanlan said, "It's certainly in the ballpark of the 464,000 that Secretary Gardner predicted, and we would be happy to see it go beyond that because it means the voters are participating in the process."

According to unofficial results from the Associated Press, more than 485,000 people voted in the U.S. Senate and gubernatorial contests.

That participation was clearly evident at Tuesday's busy polls.

"Bow resident Jerry Carrier said, "I voted at about ten o'clock yesterday and at that time I think, in Bow, which is a small community there was over 1,000 voters that had already been there. It looked like there was a lot of people very interested in what's going on."

the major races for Governor, U.S. Senate and two seats in the U.S. House, and the threat of a power shift in Washington, D.C. made for an election too important for many New Hampshire voters to sit out.

"Tristin Craigue of Concord said, "Living here in the capitol and having folks like Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, who have lived here and been so important to our state, I was really coming out for people like them."

Voter Josh Tucker said, "I was more into the republican races this time. You got to get out there and see what you can do. See if you can change the way New Hampshire is running."

Other voters sounded a less partisan tone, and were motivated more by a sense of duty.

Center Barnstead resident Judey Clemons said, "We all have the ability to make a change and every vote counts. As far as the difference between the Republicans and the Democrats taking over, that didn't have any impact on."

Carolyn Damour of Henniker said, "And now if they can just work together and accomplish something and remember why they are there. Not for big business, but for the folks that voted for them."


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