May 6th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
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Heavy turnout reported, few problems seen

Albert McClain, right, greets William Cheek as he arrives to vote in Siler City, North Carolina, Tuesday.

Albert McClain, right, greets William Cheek as he arrives to vote in Siler City, North Carolina, Tuesday.

(CNN) - Poll workers in Indiana and North Carolina on Tuesday reported heavy turnout for two primaries that could be pivotal in the Democratic presidential nomination battle between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Turnout in the North Carolina Democratic primary was expected to reach 50 percent, according to Gary Bartlett, executive director for the North Carolina Board of Elections.

That figure would far exceed the 15 percent to 30 percent that usually turn out for a primary, he said.

The Indiana secretary of state's office will not release turnout figures until the end of the day, but Bethany Derringer, a spokeswoman for the office, said voter turnout was high.

Polling officials in Indianapolis said that they had set a record for voter turnout after being open for only six hours.

North Carolina election officials reported a minor problem in the town of Oriental after an election official failed to show up. No voting problems were reported in Indiana.

A polling station in Raleigh, North Carolina, also saw a steady stream of voters since it opened at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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soundoff (297 Responses)
  1. The God of Change

    Hello everyone! When God came on earth to set up His Kingdom, He could have chosen the Pharisees and Sadducee's...these guys were priest, they have experience, and they know the law very well. But God wants change so He did not chose people who were corrupted because of experience of the law but some humble who wants change.

    barack 08

    May 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. jonny

    I heard brief mention in the last primary election a couple weeks ago about people having problems voting – machines not working and people not being able to register and come cnn (or anyone else) did not cover that story? I would like to know what regions had the problems. There usually tends to be patterns as to where the problems occur. Not just random faults, like there should be if it happened naturally.

    May 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. pinky_50

    At one time I was going to support Hillary. But after I saw how dirty she could be I don't like her anymore. She will do anything to win. She is going to mess it up for Dem getting into the White House. We should already be preparing for Nov. But Nooooo if she can't win she don't want Obama to win.

    Obama 08!!

    May 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Simon J.

    blacks voting for Obama is not a racism. Because people can have their own opinion.
    Racism is when ALL blacks voting for Obama because he is half black. Because all people can not have the same opinion. Unless this is a racist opinion.

    May 6, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. carl from Houston

    Obama is going to win this thang ya'll

    May 6, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Linda

    Really !! If Clinton does not win do you hear the white folks threatening to riot in the streets of Denver? Of course Obama will win or the black will riot again

    May 6, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. John C.

    May 6th, 2008 1:26 pm ET

    I hope the voters in NC and Indiana can hear McCains chorus of "Bomb – bomb-bomb-bomb Iran" in their head as they vote. Oh I forgot background vocals were by provided by Hillary Clinton – remember that too and choose wisely!!!

    If you think Obama won't bomb Iran just because he didn't say it outright, you haven't been paying attention to the debates.

    May 6, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Darryl

    Let there be no surprises in Indiana, I spoke some eager white male voter who have made it their mission to make Hillary Clinton to Win. Giving Senator Obama loss. Hoping to run against Hillary Clinton in the fall and vote in McCain.

    So a Vote for Hillary Clinton is a Vote for John McCain....

    May 6, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. bernice

    Media Blackout May 15
    Love your running commentary about Shrillary?/ LMAO

    May 6, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. jonny

    what i dont understand is that everyone focuses on poor, uneducated, white people's votes as being the most important......

    wouldnt you think that people who are educated and intelligent and financial stable should be making the decisions? They have obviously shown they can make the right decisions for their personal lives.

    May 6, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Cali

    Voters in Indiana and North Carolina, vote for Hillary Clinton a true democrat.
    California is watching.

    May 6, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. gerald strother

    I hope Senator Clinton is a good loser. She can take the remaining states by 20 points each and receive support from 65% of the remaining superdelegates and still not reach the 2025 delegates needed (2024; based on CNN numbers).

    May 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. FrankSmith

    Whosoever believes that the Clintons can bring anything "good" back to the White House must have the brain of a pigeon. The Republicans will Block anything that Hillary will try to do. Half the nation hates Hillary so much there will be no one, but the blind current followers, to blame!!! That is, nothing will get done for the "average Joe."

    I will note this in my diary for today.

    May 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Hillary!!!

    Hillary win WIN Ind. & NC Tonight!!!!

    May 6, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. ACitizen

    What is Obama supporters so afraid of... that the better candidate may actually win?

    May 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. L.Bowie

    David Wilhelm, a former Democratic National Committee chairman who now works as a venture capitalist in Ohio, said Obama's momentum, his message, the quality of his campaign and his potential to command a "broad coalition" as president "that can make change a reality" all contributed to the decision to endorse.

    Louisiana MAMA for OBAMA......

    May 6, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. lb

    CNN polls showed Hillary trouncing Obama in Pa. by at least 20 pt.
    They reported her "BIG WIN" when she won the primary at 9 pts..

    They reported Guam "only " 7 pts. for Obama while a background of Wright shown in the background.

    Their projection in early April was double digits in Indiana for their gal Hil – can't wait to hear their big announcement tonight.

    Maybe the reason Clinton won't release the donor list for Clinton Library is that Time-Warner, Turner Broadcasting are the top donors.

    May 6, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Nick

    Holy hell do you people ever care way too much about this. You disagree with eachother on a Democrat elect, you aren't locked in moral combat. The fact that you _hate_ people who disagree with you is why your country is currently laid low. Honestly, disliking someone who disagrees with you is natural, if not healthy, but hating them? Most of you have a lot of growth to do as a person.

    May 6, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. Just Words

    I will be clinging to my religion today and pray that God saves us from Bush II ....and I don't mean McSame (he is Bush III) BHO-Bitter!!

    God save us from another 4 years of an inexperienced, elitist, out of touch President....Oblahma!

    "Hoodwinking, you can believe in!"

    May 6, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Obama up by 25 points in North Carolina, if he wins by 5 points, it means that Obama can not win against McCain in Nivember.

    May 6, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Tex-gal

    Cnn you have obviously deleted my comments on S.2433:Global Poverty Act of 2007 , a bill Obama introduced in 2007. I believe people should be aware of the context and the humongous amount of revenues it requires.

    Vote for Hillary for the betterment of this country.

    May 6, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. JC

    "wouldnt you think that people who are educated and intelligent and financial stable should be making the decisions? They have obviously shown they can make the right decisions for their personal lives." – jonny

    I hate to disagree with you.
    All Americans should have a say in their political choices.

    More education only gives us more knowledge, not necessarily more moral values. Look at these politicians we are considering. They all had a pretty good education. Some are good and some are very bad. Telling right from wrong is learned in kindergarten, not in an Ivy League school.

    Everyone should have a vote and voice in a healthy democracy. Who is to say who is qualified to vote?

    May 6, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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