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Voter turnout expected to be up slightly from 2006

Matthew Daly

Spurred by anger over the recession and closely contested races in several large states, Americans appeared likely to vote in higher numbers Tuesday than in midterm elections four years ago.

With more than 90 percent of precincts reporting, exit polls and other data projects that turnout was up in at least nine states, including significant increases in Florida, Minnesota and Texas. Turnout appeared to be down in several other states, including Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Curtis Gans, the director of the Center for the Study of the American Electorate at American University, said competitive races featuring tea party-backed candidates in Florida, Texas and Delaware were drawing high voter turnout, with mixed results.

The Associated Press