On a brisk, sunny morning in the heavily Democratic District of Columbia, long lines of voters wearing wool caps and winter coats stood outside schools serving as polling places along Wisconsin and Connecticut avenues, main commuter routes into downtown Washington.

At Washington bus shelters, an electronic ad flashed: "It's Time to Vote! The Presidential Election on Tuesday. X-Factor on Wednesday!"

— Sally Buzbee

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