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High voter turnout in Hamilton County

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High voter turnout is evident at the precinct in St. Bernard Tuesday. (FOX19 NOW/Dave Reed) High voter turnout is evident at the precinct in St. Bernard Tuesday. (FOX19 NOW/Dave Reed)
ST. BERNARD, OH (FOX19) -

Voter turnout is high with more than 42,000 people casting ballots in the first three hours polls were open Tuesday, according to election officials.

"The turnout in 2008 was 46 percent, and we are on track to have about the same this election," said Sherry Poland, director of the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

Higher-than-normal turnout was evidence at the precinct in St. Bernard shortly after doors opened at 6:30 a.m.

Polls will remain open until 7:30 p.m.

"I don't know if it's because the campaign is so edgy this year or what, but it's in the front page every day and people are animated one way or the other," said voter Bill Rusk."Hopefully there will be a good turnout."

Pundits say Ohio voters could have a major impact on this year's presidential election.

On the Democratic side, polling for Ohio has tightened in the last few weeks, with Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton averaging about 10 points between each other.

On the Republican side, Ohio Gov. John Kasich maintains a slim lead over Donald Trump, followed by Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. 

Ohio voters will also decide candidates for a variety of congressional and Senate races. 

FOX19 NOW will have the results throughout the night live on air and online.

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