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Long lines reported in some spots as polls open in Missouri

By The Associated Press
November 6, 2012 | 10:27 a.m. CST

KANSAS CITY — Missouri residents are being warned to prepare for long lines and a lengthy ballot when they arrive at polling places.

Polls opened Tuesday at 6 a.m. across the state as voters decided not only on a president and a nationally watched U.S. Senate race but also several statewide races and ballot measures.

As polls opened in Kansas City, local television stations showed long lines of voters waiting to cast their ballots and parking lots full of cars. That's expected to be the case across the state, with election officials predicting 72 percent of registered voters will cast ballots — more than 3 million people.

Weather conditions aren't expected to be a factor, with dry and mostly pleasant conditions and temperatures in the high 50s to low 60s.

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