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2 million may cast ballots in Michigan primary

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan election officials say some 2 million people could cast ballots in Tuesday’s presidential primary.

If that’s the case, it would be highest voter turnout in a combined presidential primary since it was introduced 44 years ago.

Secretary of state spokesman Fred Woodhams points out that there are contested primaries for both Democratic and Republican candidates in 2016, and both parties are using the primary to allocate delegates for their respective nominating conventions. The last time that happened in a meaningful way was 1992.

Democrats, for instance, sometimes have had a caucus contest. And in 2008, Barack Obama and others withdrew from the primary ballot because state Democrats broke rules and went early.

Michigan has 7.3 million registered voters. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

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