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Rural turnout up

As of 3 p.m., rural and smalltown voters are turning out in greater number — when compared with past turnouts — than are urban voters.

Polls for today’s primary election close at 9 p.m., and the Linn County Auditor’s Office is keeping tabs on turnout here, where you can pull up a detailed spreadsheet near the bottom of the page.

Some of the hottest non-Cedar Rapids/Marion precincts are in Center Point, where turnout is half again what it was in 2006 when the 3 p.m. numbers were released, and Robins, where turnout has doubled.

We’ve posted a little rundown of those numbers on the website, and Rick Smith and I will be down at the Administrative Office Building (930 First St. SW) later tonight, soaking in all the electricity. You should come too.

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