[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/01/26/sc.primary/art.obama.sc.thu.gi.jpg caption=" Sen. Barack Obama campaigns Thursday in North Charleston, South Carolina."](CNN) - Turnout was strong in some places Saturday as voters streamed to the polls for South Carolina's Democratic primary election.
"Turnout has been steady, and some counties have described it as heavy," said Chris Whitmire, spokesman for the state election commission. "Our absentee numbers indicate that we could have higher turnout than last weekend," when the Republican Party held its primary.
A win in South Carolina is crucial for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, who could use a victory after second-place finishes to New York Sen. Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire and Nevada.