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Mon Nov 7, 2016, 06:15 AM

Oregonians on track to cast 2 million votes in heated Trump-Clinton race

Heading into the final days of the fall election, Oregon voter turnout is on track to reach 80 percent by Tuesday's deadline.

If it surges that high, it would nudge the state's electorate just past 2 million votes cast in the bruising battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, swamping the previous record of 1.84 million votes cast in the 2008 Barack Obama-John McCain presidential election.

As of Friday morning, 41 percent of Oregon registered voters had returned ballots to county elections offices. That matches the voter turnout rate at the same point in the 2012 presidential race and is just two percentage points lower than in the 2008 presidential contest, during which President Obama held two massive rallies in Portland and set much of left-leaning Oregon on fire.

The final five days of balloting may not deliver enough ballots to crest the 2 million vote mark, however. Final turnout will depend in large part on Oregon voters who are not registered as Democrats or Republicans -- and who make up fully one-third of registered voters.

Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/11/oregonians_on_track_to_cast_2.html

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