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Long lines formed early at the Phineas Bates School in Roslindale today. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

BOSTON — Massachusetts voters turned out in droves this morning, forming lines at polling places across the state for their chance to cast a ballot in a historic election.

Richard Smith, a 76-year-old truck mechanic from Topsfield, said the race race between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama felt more intense than previous elections.

The veteran voted for McCain because he's a "war hero."

T.J. Hellmann called this Election Day "extra special" not just because of the presidential election but also because of the ballot questions. The 31-year-old Chelsea resident voted for Obama.

Forty-three-year-old Christine Klaehn says she voted for Obama in her Jamaica Plain district because the past eight years under a Republican administration have been "horrific."

Secretary of State William Galvin is predicting a record turnout, with about 71 percent of eligible voters expected to vote.

Polls close at 8 p.m E.T.

This program aired on November 4, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

Andrew Phelps Reporter
Andrew Phelps was formerly a producer and reporter for WBUR.

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