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Thousands of Ballots Already In

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- With the election only a day away, thousands of ballots have already been cast.

Benton County reported that about 40% of their ballots are already in, and the story is the same in Franklin County, where more than 45% of them are in.

The national average for mid-term elections is around 40%, and with numerous important issues on this year's ballot, officials think that number will grow considerably.

"The U.S. House and the Senate are up for grabs and, you know, they're bickering back and forth in the news media and projecting who will win and that I hope will drive enough interest," said Bobbie Gagner, Benton County Auditor. 

Turnout around the state is expected to be around 60%, and officials in both counties expect to equal or exceed that number.