Long lines of people come out for last day of early voting in NC

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BURLINGTON, N.C. – Long lines of people came out to vote on Saturday, the last day of early voting in North Carolina.

Early voting ended at 1 p.m. in all counties. The polls are open Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

More than 3 million North Carolina voters had cast ballots in the 2016 General Election, either through in-person early voting or by mailing in absentee ballots, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections. That’s 44 percent of the state’s registered voters.

“A lot of people have come out,” said Ben Armfield who participated in early voting in High Point. “It’s very important because it makes it that much more possible for people to vote.”

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will hold a rally in Wilmington on Saturday afternoon and another in Raleigh on Monday.

Bill Clinton will campaign for Hillary Clinton on Saturday in Jacksonville and Gainesville. Chelsea Clinton will be in Elizabeth City, Charlotte and Asheville.

Polls show a close race in North Carolina, with Trump narrowly leading at 46.8-46.0, according to Real Clear Politics. The website’s national average of polls show Clinton with about a one point lead.