Record Turnout Expected In Swing State Of NV

RENO (AP) - Nevada election officials are bracing for a record voter turnout as Barack Obama and John McCain and their surrogates make a last-minute push for votes in the battleground state.

Secretary of State Ross Miller says early and absentee voting was so heavy that he now expects a record turnout as high as 90 percent of active voters, or nearly 1.1 million Nevadans.

More than 600,000 Nevadans cast early and absentee ballots by Friday, the end of the state's two-week early voting period. That represents 56 percent of the total of expected voters.

Obama appeared at a rally Saturday in Henderson, his 20th and final visit to Nevada since launching his campaign nearly two years ago. The Democratic presidential candidate's wife, Michelle, campaigns Monday in North Las Vegas.

On Monday night, Republican presidential contender McCain is expected to appear at a rally in Henderson for his eighth campaign visit to the Silver State, while his running mate Sarah Palin campaigns in Reno and Elko.

Recent polls show Obama with either a slight or significant lead over McCain in the state with five electoral votes.

Obama and McCain volunteers, many from states without a competitive race, are canvassing and phone banking in a final get-out-the-vote push.

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