12/04/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

2.5 Million In North Carolina Have Voted Early

More than 2.5 million N.C. voters cast their ballots early this year, more than doubling the previous record of 1.1 million, set in 2004.

That's an astonishing turnout of 41 percent of the state's registered voters - before Election Day.

It comes in a year when North Carolina has down-to-the-wire races for governor and U.S. senator, not to mention the Barack Obama-John McCain battle for the state's 15 electoral votes.

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