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3:56 PM, Nov 6, 2012   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Voting across Maine has gotten off to a smooth, if cold, start today.

Many precincts were busy early this morning and state election officials expect a strong turnout as high as 75 percent.

Gay marriage is among the issues on the ballot in Maine but in Portland, some voters sounded more concerned about the economy and the presidential race between President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney.

Kathleen Losier voted for Romney, saying she feels the nation's staggering debt is holding down the economy. Wellness therapist Conor Beliveau says he voted for Obama because he felt Romney would be, as he put it, "an absolute fall-in-your face disaster."

Maine voters are also deciding who will be the state's next senator as Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe retires.

Polls will close this evening in Maine at 8 p.m.

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