NC Turnout High, Despite Rain On Election Day

North Carolina's overall voter turnout was less than projected, but it still made history.

Unofficial results from Tuesday's election show more than 68 percent of the registered voters cast ballots during the early voting period and on Election Day. More than half of the votes were cast during early voting. State elections director Gary Bartlett said Wednesday it could ultimately reach 70 percent when all the provisional ballots are counted.

The best turnout in recent history came in 1984 at 69 percent. More than 4.2 million ballots already have been counted. That's well above the 3.5 million cast in the 2004 elections.

Elections officials had projected a turnout of 4.6 million votes, but long lines on Election Day didn't materialize, possibly due to rain in much of the state.

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