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Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Reynold's district witnessing heavy turnout
ERIE COUNTY, New York -- Turnout in Erie County, the home of Rep. Tom Reynolds, R-New York, and his opponent, Democrat Jack Davis, is reported to be moderate-to-heavy. Dennis Ward, the commissioner of the Erie Board of Elections, reports that turnout could top 50 percent, which he says would be "very good" for a midterm election.

Rep. Tom Reynolds voted in the afternoon. A spokesman says he was working the phones all day in order to monitor other House races, because Reynolds chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee. A spokesman says Reynolds "feels good" about the turnout so far and launched an unprecedented "get out the vote" effort in his district.

Democratic Candidate Jack Davis voted this morning. He has been keeping a low profile. A spokesman for Davis says his candidate is feeling optimistic.

Voters we spoke with say the Mark Foley scandal played a role in their decisions. Some voted against Reynolds, saying they felt he should have done more when he learned about questionable emails Foley wrote to a former congressional page. One Republican voter says she voted for Reynolds because he has the power to pull strings in Washington, D.C., but she said the Foley scandal made this a tough vote for her.

-- CNN Correspondent Mary Snow
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