February 12th, 2008
03:02 PM ET
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Strong early turnout as 'Potomac Primaries' begin

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/12/art.voting.ap.jpg caption="Marilyn Hart casts her ballot in the primary election at the Ray of Hope Baptist Church, Tuesday."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Business was brisk at polling places in Virginia and Maryland Tuesday where primaries could answer key questions in the Democratic and Republican nomination races.

The District of Columbia voters are also participating in the so-called "Potomac primaries" - named for the river that separates Virginia and Maryland and flows past the nation's capital, Washington.

At stake in the primaries are 238 Democratic delegates and 119 total GOP delegates. Polls in Maryland and the District of Columbia close at 8 p.m. and in Virginia at 7 p.m.

In Maryland, turnout was anticipated to be about 40 percent, which is above normal according to Ross Goldstein, deputy administrator for the state's Board of Elections.

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soundoff (259 Responses)
  1. ao

    Do not be impressed by delusions of grandeur.
    Stop following rhetoric and think substance.
    Don't be naive and deceived.
    Not ready* Not now


    February 12, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. Laura

    Hey Joe I'm supporting Hillary. I'm an advanced practice nurse with a Masters degree.

    February 12, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. MMeyer

    To the person who said "I shouldn't be surprised, though. 57% of you Hillary supporters didn't even graduate high school." Sorry you are wrong. I have my masters, and I voted for Hillary. I believe she has the best answers to our problems and she has persevered in helping people. I do not confuse her with Bill; he is not running. Really do not understand how lopsided news is over coverage. I did not know John Glenn endorsed Hillary – who would with coverage. I think media wants Obama. Why? The Republicans will have a field day with Obama.

    February 12, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. Mags

    Wake up, Hilary is the only true choice, unfortunately race has come into this contest in more than one way, the voting pattern so far says it all

    February 12, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  5. Rev. Nelson Rabell, Latino Lutheran Minister

    Grace and peace to all who believe in change and progressive ideals (grace and peace to those who do not as well, WWJD). As a Latino and progressive Christian I am more than pleased with the democratic race for president. I am for Obama, but I will be more than happy if Hillary wins. This is a historic moment for peace, peaceful revolution and real change. May God allow us to break the barriers that divide us, not only here in the US, but around the world.

    Peace out;
    Rev. Nelson Rabell, M. Div., STM.
    Apostles' Lutheran Church Turnersville, New Jersey

    February 12, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |

    After POTOMAC primary.. Hillary still leading.. about 10 total delegates, again every delegates count.. Either way .....HILLARY is next president..

    February 12, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. dave

    Also, remember that there will be NO caucuses in the general election. People have all day to vote. Thats Osamas winning strategy now of this campaign that wont be a factor in the general should he get nominated.

    This will be 1984 all over again.

    February 12, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. htp

    Hillary, you got my 4th contributions today. We do not need Saint Obama to lead us, we need real people.
    Hillary 08!

    February 12, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. Shannon McMurphy

    You guys are hilarious. Right now, the Super Delegates are the bad guys, because they are behind Clinton.

    As soon as the Super Delegates switch their votes to Obama, I guess they'll become the "democratic process" at its finest.

    Good lord.

    February 12, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. Dani

    race has come into this contest in more than one way?
    well, a majority of blacks vote for Obama, a majority of latinos and asians votes for clinton, whites are almost split even. so....you are saying what exactly??? the voting pattern says what?? these are all american citizens, everyone has a right to vote whoever they think is best!!! Mags, I am not sure if you have realized your statement was slightly racist!!

    February 12, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  11. Patrick

    Hi , I voted today in Maryland and it took me about 20 minutes.
    It was easy and the people were Nice. Just thought i'd say thanks
    to the people working at the polling Places . I voted for Hillary Clinton.
    Cya 🙂

    February 12, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. kathleen, illinois

    Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!Obama!!!!Yes we can!!!!!!!!!!!!Good lord, yes we can.

    February 12, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  13. irma

    Hey Mighty Whitty NOT, saying something else is old, is not a satisfactory qualification for your candidate. Don't you people know anything. Policies, past accomplishments? Anything that you can fill these posts with other than insults against the opponent? By the way, if you ever have surgery, tax returns anything of real significance in your life; I recommend going with the one who has experience.

    February 12, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  14. Mike

    Yes, race is the reason Obama will win these states. Clinton knows this as does everyone else. The areas are prodominately black and black people are voting for Obama. Simple. If Obama were not black, the black population would NOT be so willing to vote for "change" with absolutely no history of producing change....These Black people just want to see a black president. Yes, I'm a black man, I voted for Hillary ... proven history of "change"

    February 12, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  15. Rick

    Barack wins Virginia!

    February 12, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  16. Veronica Ward

    "The disparity of feeling between these candidates is akin to that which separates a painting of a sunrise and the thing itself. From the former you get a sense of grandeur, a thin notion of possibility. From the latter, we awake, warmed and stirred to rise in response."....this says it all....i will vote for hillary if she is the nominee.....but, i'd rather be inspired......

    February 12, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  17. yepthatsme

    If Obama gets in the white house,they are going to have to change the menue to chitlines and watermelon. Oh yes and change the sheets more to change the oil in them.

    February 12, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. Kat, Huntington, West Virginia

    thanks Mike-a man of reason...we need lots more!!

    February 12, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  19. The Only Clear Choice

    Hillary is the only clear choice for experience, exposure, and how to dipomatically deal with America and the world. She has dedicated her life to public service and knows the world leaders, we need a NEW approach to our position as a country when dealing with foreign policy. Vote Hillary, she will make us proud to state we are American's again when abroad....

    There are many countries that have no issue voting in a woman as President, let's learn from them and not be so stubborn and patriarchal. Let stand together women, it has only been less than 100 years since we have had the right to vote!

    While Obama is a great orator, he seems the likely choice, and I will vote for him IF it comes to that, he is not seasoned as a executive leader or a foreign diplomate... How do we want to be viewed, and who will still protect us from future threats???????

    VOTE HILLARY – The choice is clear.....

    February 12, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  20. Davidae, MI

    You guys are so right. States like Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Washington...all black people. That's totally why Obama's winning everything.

    Stop trying to marginalize him. People like this candidate. Hillary is going down the tubes. Get over it.

    February 12, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  21. Oregon Independent

    Billary can't win the general without the black vote; Obama can't win it without the Latino vote. One or the other is going to be disappointed no matter who wins this. It looks like it's going to be McCain sitting in the White House.

    February 12, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  22. ao


    Super Delegates have a place. A caucas does not represent the population. Even you know that.
    We will learn only when it is too late that experience is critical. Remember the Republicans came out tonight for (in their mind )the weaker candidate and voted Obama. Think about it.

    Peace & Good night

    February 12, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. Bruce Williams

    For accuracy Pat Robertson is based in Virginia Beach not Chesapeake as reported

    February 12, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  24. Laura

    Why did CNN think that it was so important to report that Hulk Hogan endorsed Obama, but there is no mention of former Ohio senator and astronaut John Glenn endorsing Clinton?

    February 12, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  25. Michael

    Race is a huge factor. Please don't vote based on this. We need someone who knows the drill to fix what this country now faces abroad. Do you truly see Obama doing this?? I don't. Change = Hillary. No more promises we need action.

    February 12, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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