Clark: "Voter Turnout Record Possible"

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Secretary of State Eric Clark said Mississippi's voter turnout next month could top one million for the first time in state history.

During an interview with The Associated Press staff in Jackson, Clark said he believes high interest in the presidential election will spur a record-high turnout.

In 2000, Mississippians cast 994,145 votes for president.

Mississippi has gone Republican in every presidential election since 1980, and isn't considered a swing state this election.

Because of that, this state has not had the intense advertising and frequent candidate appearances that swing states such as Wisconsin and New Mexico has seen.

But Clark said he senses Mississippians are still intensely interested in the national race.