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Duval Voter Turnout Could Top 40 Percent
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Republican-only election got underway in Duval County with only a few problems and the expectation that a 40 percent turnout is very possible.

Today's election will decide which Republican presidential candidate can
claim 50 convention delegates. The campaign in Florida alone has
resulted in the candidates and SuperPACS spending more than $24 million
to sway voters. 

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Mike Stover is always the first person to cast his vote at precinct 05E in San Marco, but this morning, his ballot was sitting in an emergency compartment waiting to be processed.

The machine at Saint Mark's Lutheran Church on Hendricks Avenue was not working at 7 a.m. when the polls opened, but according to Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland, a new one is up and running.

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Holland said the machine at precinct 3L was also malfunctioning.   Voters were still able to cast their ballots at the Captain's Club on Beach Boulevard; poll workers just set them aside until they could be run through the machine later.

One of the busier precincts in the city was 01, located in East Arlington. Within the first two hours of opening, nearly 250 voters cast their ballots

"I do not like negative," said Will Peck after voting in Arlington on a bright, sunny afternoon. "I rather have their energy put into what they are going to do instead of try to beat down the other candidate."

Anna Reese felt the same way after casting her ballot. "I think they ought to stick to the point - what we need done instead of trying to down each other," said Reese.

In Duval County, 193,000 Republicans are eligible to vote today.  The cost to taxpayers to have a countywide election is $1.3 million, according to Holland.

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