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Record Turnout Predicted For Washington Primary

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed is predicting a record turnout for the state's upcoming presidential primary. 

The primary is February 19th.  Reed predicts 47% of registered voters will cast their ballots.  If that holds true, it would beat Washington's highest primary turnout of 42.6% set back in 2000. 

Reed said the turnout will send a real message about the values of voters in Washington state.

"I think it continues to prove how important it is that the people in the state of Washington have the opportunity to cast ballot as to who ought to be nominated to be President of the United States," said Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed.    

Reed thinks overall voter interest in the race is helping drive turnout, as well as candidate's active campaigning in the state.  Also, 36 of 39 counties are holding special elections.    

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