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Despite hot races, NH turnout not expected to be a record

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CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire voters could help decide the balance of power in Washington this Election Day, but the question is how many will show up to cast their ballots?

One of the biggest races in the region is the race for U.S. Senate between Democrat incumbent Jeanne Shaheen and Republican and former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown. But despite that and other hotly contested races in the Granite State, experts predict turnout at the polls for this year's contests will not be as high in years past.

Political experts say that's mainly because there is not one overarching issue that the candidates are focused on.

"I think there isn't anything really driving the electorate this time," said Linda Fowler, a professor at Dartmouth College. "They are disgruntled but that doesn't mean they are going to turnout in massive numbers."

And of course being a mid-term election, there is no presidential contest which New Hampshire is famous for with its first-in-the-nation primary.

At one polling place in Lebanon, election officials said turnout was steady throughout the morning. Voters there said there are several issues they are thinking about as they cast their ballots.

"The economy for sure and health care," said Karen Lyons of Lebanon. "In terms of just making sure that families who need those things have what they need and the folks who are out there and working and doing their best are able to pay their bills and make ends meet without stressing about it all the time."

Along with the race for U.S. Senate, New Hampshire voters are also choosing their two representatives in Congress and the state's governor.
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