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Wisconsin sees near-record voter turnout


MADISON (WKOW)-- The polls are closed, and ballots have been counted in a tight presidential race. That battle, and the race for a U.S. Senate seat brought out near-record numbers of Wisconsin voters for Tuesday's election.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that late Tuesday, it appeared more than 70 percent of Wisconsin's 4.8 million eligible voters would cast their ballots. If that held out to be true, that would place the day's voting among the top four turnouts for presidential elections in Wisconsin history. It surpasses the 2008 presidential election, which 2.9 million voters turned out for, or 69.2 percent of eligible voters.  It comes in behind the elections in 2004 and 1960.

Polls were busy in Madison. The State Journal reports as of 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the Madison city clerk's office had counted over 180,000 votes. Even with high voting numbers, the state seemed to be free of voting glitches.

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