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Early voting period winds down as presidential race remains tight

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RALEIGH -- Election Day is only six days away and North Carolinians have only until this Saturday to head to the polls during the early voting period.

While cold weather kept some people home over the past couple days, election officials expect long lines at polls. They say early voting turnout this year may even surpass 2008.

The presidential race is neck in neck in the Tar Heel State and voters are heading to the polls to make their voices heard. Elon University released a poll Monday that showed an even 45-45 split of support for the president and Mitt Romney.

"Anywhere in North Carolina, so you are talking about any particular area in North Carolina being impacted could swing the election one way or the other when it is razor thin to begin with," said David McLennan with William Peace University.

Despite Sandy keeping some people away from the polls last weekend, election leaders expect huge crowds through the end of Saturday.

"We probably will be having lines, we do anticipate that," said Cherie Poucher, the director of the Wake County Board of Elections. "I hope the voters anticipate that. It's a good time to get to know your neighbors."

According the Civitas Institute, they say 2012 early voting turnout is close to surpassing the turnout in 2008. As of Oct. 30, nearly 1.88 million people voting early this year compared to over 1.89 at that same time in 2008.

If you want cast your ballot early, the polls will be open through 5 p.m. Saturday. If you do wait until Saturday, it's advised to come early because the lines will be long.

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