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Lines long as Missouri voters flock to the polls

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Voters are finding long lines around Missouri while turning out for an election that will reshape the state's political landscape. (KCTV5) Voters are finding long lines around Missouri while turning out for an election that will reshape the state's political landscape. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) -

Voters are finding long lines around Missouri while turning out for an election that will reshape the state's political landscape.

Hundreds of voters are lining up to cast ballots at a church in the northern Kansas City suburb of Liberty.

Josh Lewis, 37, was among the first in line at the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. He was casting his presidential vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson. Lewis says neither major party is taking the country in the "right direction."

Executive assistant Debbie Strange, 61, says she voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton. After initially saying Clinton was the better of "two evils," Strange reconsidered and said she voted for Clinton, not against Trump.

Jim Duff, 56, says the line he encountered at a south Kansas City church is the longest he's ever experienced.

Missouri election officials had predicted record turnout even before voters began heading to the polls Tuesday.

In St. Louis, lines formed before dawn. Some voters arrived an hour before the polls opened.

Polls opened at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m. as voters make their choice for president, U.S. Senate, all eight congressional seats, five statewide offices and many other races, along with six statewide ballot measures.

Trump is seeking to extend a lengthy Republican winning streak in Missouri's presidential contest, and competitive races for governor and Senate also top the state's ballot.

Most polls heading into Tuesday's election show the New York businessman with a comfortable lead over Clinton, who is seeking to become the first Democrat to carry Missouri's electoral votes since her husband in 1992 and 1996.

From 1904 through 2004, voters sided with the winning candidate every time but 1956, when they opted for Democrat Adlai Stevenson over Republican Dwight Eisenhower.

The state also has the nation's most expensive gubernatorial race, pitting Republican former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens against Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster.

GOP Sen. Roy Blunt faces a steep challenge from Democratic Secretary of State Jason Kander.

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