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Connecticut expected to play key role in 5-state primary

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The nation's eyes on Tuesday will be on Connecticut, a state unaccustomed to having its presidential primary carry much weight.

The Democratic and Republican contests follow a spate of visits by four of the five major party candidates and their surrogates.

For the Democratic candidates, 55 of the state's 71 delegates will be up for grabs. They'll be distributed mostly on a proportional basis. Meanwhile, the Republicans are vying for 25 of the state's 28 delegates, which will be distributed proportionally.

State election officials hope voter turnout will be high, given a surge in voter registration.

Last week's Quinnipiac University Poll showed Donald Trump leading among Republicans and Hillary Clinton leading among Democrats.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.