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Runoff voter turnout appears to be up

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With so much riding on this high stakes political poker game, voters have apparently come to the table. With so much riding on this high stakes political poker game, voters have apparently come to the table.
Voters turned out in big numbers for the senate runoff election between incumbent Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel. Voters turned out in big numbers for the senate runoff election between incumbent Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel.
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

At the Ocean Springs Civic Center, the lines were long as voters waited to cast their ballots. The turnout surprised some poll workers, like Paula Clifford.

"I am. I'm very surprised at what we've had so far. We've had more people come in and vote this time than we had the last time," Clifford explained.

Voters, like Robert Kline, seem to sense that something big is about to happen, no matter who wins.

"This is very important to our state, picking out the congressman we want to continue, and I just felt like it was a civic duty to do," Kline said.

At the St. Martin Community Center, it's much the same. The parking lot is full. Also full is the roadside curb, full of campaign signs for the two candidates. Jim Sumrall is the Poll Manager here.

"Some of our runoff races, there's no interest, but this one seems to be important. People think this one is more important than others, and it is," Sumrall said.

Voters seem to agree. One of them is Joey Conwill.

"The state of Mississippi has a lot of things that could change with this election, and I'm happy to be a part of it and be able to vote and make my own decisions in this election," Conwill said.

Turnout also heavily depends on exactly where you vote. At the Biloxi Community Center in east Biloxi, a heavily Democratic ward, there are not nearly as many voters or voting machines.

However, the turnout is still better than last time, according to Poll Manager Peter Rigby.

"It's a lot higher than it was last time. Last time about this time, we had maybe three quarters of what we have currently," said Rigby.

With so much riding on this high stakes political poker game, voters have apparently come to the table.

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