February 12th, 2008
03:02 PM ET
15 years ago

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. cb

    Hope everyone is voting for Hillary.

    February 12, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. MKK

    If you vote 'PRESENT', I belive that goes in the Obama column.

    February 12, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. Renee

    Vote for Hillary! She is the one who can make our future better!! She will fight for us!!

    February 12, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. Trev

    Thank you Katherine, regardless of who you voted for.

    Please vote for Hillary. She is better on the ISSUES

    February 12, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. Mighty Whity

    We have listened to Hillary Clinton's message and it is an old and outdated message. It is the message of failure and corruption. It is the message of divisiveness and discord. It is a message of false arguments and misinformation. Hillary and Bill had their say. Now it is time for Obama to have his say. Obama in 08!

    February 12, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. Love Hill

    why can't we vote only on Weekends?

    February 12, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. smart grrl in ls mo

    I'm ordering a bunch of bumper stickers just in case Obama becomes President and demonstrates (just like George W.) that he really isn't ready:


    February 12, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. Stacy

    It's sad that less than half the country votes in these primaries. A higher percentage of Iraqis turned out for their elections under threat of death.

    February 12, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. TJ

    Clinton has made recent statements indicating that these states that Obama has won just doesn't count much and that she has her eye on more important states. I know what she is saying, however I think it's a slap in the face to the voters today, indicating that their vote is not worth as much to her as other upcoming states. I agree with Jether J. . . . Vote Obama!

    February 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. Jersey Girl2

    Vote for Hillary Clinton, the next President of the United States

    February 12, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. js

    I honestly do not see Hillary selecting Obama as a running mate, and I honestly do not see him accepting it....or vice versa...

    I DO see Edwards angling for VP on the ticket of whoever wins.......

    I do not know what this might mean in the general election for a Clinton/Edwards ticket...

    I DO know McCain has shown to siphon away a lot of hillary voters, if she were to somehow win the nom.....

    February 12, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. So Not True

    I voted in VA and I most certainly had to show my ID.

    February 12, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. Obamacan

    Proud to be an Obamacan

    February 12, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. LatinoNation

    Have your day until Texas and Ohio and Pen and when the dust clears he still will not have the Latino vote and in order for him to go to the white house he needs that and by what i see and hear he will not receive it , but McCain! if she get aced out ! its only fact ! I think Obama is a nice guy but he has not Done anything in are community which is latino let alone him doing anything in the black community !

    February 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. Andy

    Hillary is our best choice. Clinton supporters, get out and make our voices heard!

    February 12, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |

    Virginia Vote HILLARY today for you, your kids, and their kids. This is a history making day and VIRGINIA HILLARY WANTS YOUR VOTE......MAKIN VIRGINIA HISTORY VOTE H I L L A R Y

    February 12, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. Rudy Tiggs, Riverside, CA

    John in Ohio:

    "Look for Clinton (probably Bill, ex-First Black President) and her supporters to start talking about race again. It's disgusting."

    When EXACTLY did they talk about it in the FIRST place. And PLEASE before answering make sure you don't tell me what somebody told you.

    Please tell me, YOU PERSONALLY heard either of them bring up race out of the context of the discussion.

    February 12, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  18. U.S. Army Vet

    Give your souls to God and your vote to Obama because Hillary will only destroy this country. We have to prove to Hillary that our votes count by sending her the biggest lost every.

    February 12, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. TJ

    I wonder if Clinton actually gets the ticket, will she or her husband start complaining again, once the debates with the republican candidate start, that she is being beat up on because she is the poor, underdog, woman candidate. She keeps making comments like she is ready and willing to go up against John McCain whenever he chooses, however I don't believe that based on how much complaining went on during the early debates about how she was being picked on. Hillary talks tough until she is faced with an actual debate.

    I am a 30 something, mother of two who thinks Obama is what we need.

    February 12, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. Nancy TC

    A Clinton/Obama ticket is what we should all be working for. At least we would have the experience right off and then Obama will get his experience. He would then be one of the bast on eight years.

    Keep supporting the democratic party. We are all on the same team and should be supporting both candidates.

    No need to keep smearing the Clinton name. She is a very strong and smart woman.

    February 12, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. SharonR

    she didn't say they didn't count she said they are red states and are carried by the rep. in the general

    February 12, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. Matt

    Hey CNN, when do you plan to report the big endorsement Hillary got from former astronaut and Ohio Senator, John Glenn?

    February 12, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  23. cville independent

    ive been waiting for this day alllllllllllllllllllll winter. there's no sunshine in charlottesville, but watch obama bring it!!!

    how do they categorize who's voting for who? i dont know what category i'm in: woman over 30, latina, college grad, ex-republican. all i'm saying is: demographics don't mean a thing!

    **obama 08**

    February 12, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. Do your research

    Are you people dense? Go to barackobama.com. All the issues are there, in plain English, and in full detail. I shouldn't be surprised, though. 57% of you Hillary supporters didn't even graduate high school.

    February 12, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. Eli

    I am so proud the Democratic party has gotten two people that are getting huge turnouts to the polls and contributions. I think for us to win in November we will have to combine these two on one ticket, that way supporters for them both will come out in even bigger numbers for the NOVEMBER election. It will take Hillary and Obama on the same ticket to win, if they are not the supporters for the party that is not on the ticket will not come out. Let us lay aside the bickering that I have seen in the last few weeks on the blogs and on the comments and come together to take the WHITE HOUSE back in November. All you have to do is read some of these blogs and comments to tell we have a split party as of today. Please lets start blogging and commenting about how well these two would do on the same ticket.

    February 12, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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