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State prepares for primaries

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Both Democrats and Republicans are gearing up for primaries in Connecticut. (WFSB) Both Democrats and Republicans are gearing up for primaries in Connecticut. (WFSB)

As the presidential race heats up, more interest seems to be generating in Connecticut.

There are contested races on both sides and that's expected to get more people to vote in the primary, which is a week from Tuesday.

Hillary Clinton officially opened her campaign headquarters on Monday in Hartford. Bernie Sanders' campaign  already set up his own office also in Hartford.

Connecticut usually is not one of the key states for primaries partly because our primary is so late. But this year there are a bunch of primaries on the same day.   

The Connecticut primary is in three weeks and its getting pretty energized, and a lot of voters will be voting on the same day.

"New York primary which is hugely important is the 19th,” Deputy Secretary of the State James Spallone said. “Ours is a regional primary that follows right after that with Pennsylvania, which has a lot of delegates, Rhode Island, Maryland and Delaware.”  

There are contested races for both parties.

The chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party said in a statement "Connecticut Republicans have an opportunity to pick the next President. There is a tremendous amount of excitement here in Connecticut and we anticipate a high turnout"

The ballot will include Ben Carson as a candidate because he didn't officially request to take his name off the Connecticut ballot. The order of the candidates is chosen by lottery.

There are about 800 unaffiliated voters in Connecticut. Democrats have picked up the most voters, almost by a two-to-one margin.

“We've heard a lot about the Trump effect,” Leigh Appleby with the Connecticut Democratic Party said. “I think what we will see is ramifications for republicans up and down the ticket who have to contend if Donald Trump being at the top of the ticket."

There is still time to register to vote in the primary. The deadline by mail is April 21, but you can register up to the day before in person.

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