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What brand of machine is this? Can you provide the model information from the machine?
It sounds like the carburetor may actually be leaking fuel.
The choke should look like a flap. When you move the throttle from idle to full throttle you should feel a detent just before going into choke on your throttle control. It would leak if you accidentally flooded it when trying to start, this would also make it very hard to get started.
Did it start today?