State officials say voter turnout across
North Carolina looks to be about average for a midterm election.
State Board of Elections director Gary Bartlett says the two
words he's been hearing from county officials so far are "steady"
Bartlett expects turnout to be somewhere around 45 percent of
the state's nearly 6.2 million registered voters.
That would be about average for a midterm election, but higher
than the 37 percent turnout in 2006.
More than 950,000 people, or 15 percent of registered voters,
have already cast a ballot through early voting and mail-in
With economic concerns weighing on the
minds of voters, Tuesday's election could tip the balance of power
in both Washington and Raleigh for years to come.
The top of ballots across the state feature the U.S. Senate race
between incumbent Republican Richard Burr and Democratic challenger
Elaine Marshall. Burr is widely viewed as the favorite in a strong