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More expected to vote in Washington primary than caucuses

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Associated Press - February 16, 2008 6:15 AM ET

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Secretary of State Sam Reed expects about 1.5 million votes will be cast for Tuesday's primary in Washington.

That's nearly half of all voters in the state and five times more people than took part in the party caucuses.

Mail-in ballots have been in most voters' hands for about two weeks and must be postmarked by Tuesday night. Only King and Pierce counties still have actual polling places as well.

All the major candidates campaigned in Washington before the caucuses, but none have returned for the primary.

Barack Obama beat Hillary Clinton 2-1, and there are no more Democratic delegates to be had.

John McCain edged Mike Huckabee on the Republican side to take half the available delegates in the caucuses. McCain says he expects to do better in the primary, where the other half of the delegates are at stake.

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