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Record turnout expected for Super Tuesday

Oklahoma City_Voters go to polls today to decide competitive Republican and Democratic primaries in Oklahoma, one of two dozen states holding "Super Tuesday'' contests that will do much to determine party nominees for president.

Polls opened at 7 a.m.  and will stay open until 7 p.m.  The state election board had received no reports of voting difficulties within the first 90 minutes after the polls opened.

State election board secretary Michael Clingman predicts more than 30 percent of the state's approximately 1 million registered Democrats and 800,000 Republicans will vote. 

Among democrats, a recent poll showed Hillary Rodham Clinton was the front-runner in Oklahoma, but it's unclear what affect John Edwards' decision to drop out will have on the race, which now appears a two-way contest between Clinton and Barack Obama.

On the Republican side, polls show John McCain leading Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney in Oklahoma. Romney made a brief stopover in Oklahoma City yesterday, hoping to shore up support.

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