IOWA VOTES EARLY

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Associated Press

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 6 at 4:29 PM

Lines in Iowa, with its six electoral votes, weren't too bad at polling stations Tuesday — in part because up to 45 percent of the state's voters cast ballots early.

About 670,000 people had voted in Iowa by Monday night, according to Chad Olsen, a spokesman for Secretary of State Matt Schultz.

It's the sort of thing happening all around the country, though not necessarily in such high numbers.

Based on Monday's projections from George Mason University, 46.8 million Americans — more than one-third of those expected to cast ballots — would have voted by the time the first polls opened Tuesday morning.

One intriguing U.S. House race in Iowa is in the 4th Congressional District, where Republican Rep. Steve King has cruised in every race since he was first elected in 2002. The 63-year-old King acknowledged this year's challenge from Democrat Christie Vilsack has been difficult. Vilsack is married to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who was Iowa's governor for eight years.

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