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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina citizens are going to the polls to choose general election candidates for governor and other positions, but foremost on many minds is the proposed change to North Carolina’s constitution on marriage.

The polls opened Tuesday morning in all 100 counties. Voters are being asked to amend the constitution to make traditional marriage the only domestic legal union recognized in the state. The change would prohibit gay marriage but also prevent civil unions.

The top high-profile race for elected office was the Democratic primary for governor, with six people running for the nomination. Republican Pat McCrory was expected to win the GOP nod. There are also primaries for president, Congress, the Legislature and Council of State. Any runoffs would be held this summer.

A half-million people cast ballots early.

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