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Poll estimates record-breaking voter turnout in California

November 4, 2008 | 12:37 pm

California is hardly a battleground state, but a new poll released today predicts record-breaking voter turnout in the state.

The Field Research Corp. estimates that 13.8 million voters will vote in today's election, either in person or by absentee ballot. That's 1 million more people than voted in 2004. The poll predicts that 78.9% of California's 17.3 million registered voters will cast ballots, the highest turnout in 32 years.

One thing drawing many voters to the booth is Proposition 8, the controversial measure that would amend the California Constitution to ban gay marriage. The two sides have raised nearly $74 million, according to The Times' Jessica Garrison, and the race is tight. A Field Poll last week showed that 49% of likely voters were against Proposition 8, 44% in favor of it, and 7% undecided.

For more on Proposition 8, check out the video below or Garrison's extensive coverage here. And you can find more about how the election is unfolding in California at our L.A. Now blog.

-- Kate Linthicum

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