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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  1. Lovely in Va

    Yeah, I had to show my ID also. Don't you love how excuses are already being spread when she AGAIN loses ANOTHER state?
    For a Clinton/Obama ticket? Not a snowball's chance ........he will never, ever, ever select her as a VP. Are you kidding??? She is exactly what the majority of this country is trying to get away from! And the next time, Feb 21 on CNN, to be exact, listen to his response when questioned on experience. For me, her 'experience' means old ties, old debts, old plans, old excuses, old politics. Obama does not want to just be president, he wants to change old Washington. Do you not see that is the message??

    February 12, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Alison, FL

    Clinton is corrupt that is the problem. Virginia, don't bother voting for Hillary, she doesn't think your vote is important since she doesn't think she will win. As a matter of fact, any state she doesn't win isn't important. Texas is more important than you.

    February 12, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Anne, CA

    Vote for Hillary!!! She is the person of change!

    Has it occurred to anyone else that Senator Obamas Healthcare Proposal is the same thing that we have now?? The 'haves' and the 'have nots'? He just speaks it nicely – but there is no CHANGE.....we have millions uninsured now and we will have millions uninsured with his proposal.

    Vote for Hillary for change!

    February 12, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Trey

    It is sad to see how Obama supporters have really divided our party. Goes to show how his message of "unity" is a bunch of crock. Vote Hillary. Make the RIGHT choice.

    February 12, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Will

    Today!!!! I just voted and I dooo believe that Obama will overtake Clinton even with her "super delegates"..

    Hey Clinton Superdelegates... Jump ship before its too late!!! Lol..

    This is the best election almost like a prize fight!

    February 12, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Do We really kmow what Obama stands for? He has only been in national public
    office for a couple of years. I appreciate his enthusiasm and hard work. I think he
    needs to be the VP. A Democrat in the White House for 16 years. Hillary has the
    experience and gritt to get the tough job ahead of all of us done. I see the basic
    weakness in his campaign. He is winning in states with very low voter turn out
    that usually go red and have gone red for decades. Whether we like it or not, the
    general election is winner take all not proportional. Hillary has won where the vote counts and in the Big Blue states. She is our only hope in the General
    Election. She has the experience to get the job done right. Hillary 2008...

    February 12, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. VoteClinton

    Funny. Why people are scared to say Obama is catching up because he is black? It is the fact. Please see the exit poll of Louisiana where he won in great margin. He got more than 85% black votes. Clinton got about 57% white votes. If he were white, he would be still a underdog.

    Vote Clinton!!!

    February 12, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Leo

    Nancy TC: I agree we should not be smearing any candidate. I think you have your ticket mixed up. If anything it would have to be an Obama/Clinton ticket. There is even a problem with that one, however. Obama has been very nice to Hillary, saying she is "his friend". They actually do agree on most issues if you look closely. The difference is on how each one plans on getting things done. No offense, but Hillary does not have the talent to pull people together like Obama does. Hillary's methods are not agreeable with Obama's. I think Obama should choose someone else for VP, but hey, we will wait and see. I am not saying this nomination is over by any means, just that it would be an awful shame for the people of this country to lose this opportunity to get a great leader into the White House. I know you won't like what I have said, but please watch Obama very closely. Watch how the people rally around him. Watch how he speaks and presents himself. Again, no insult intended, but Hillary is really not in the same league with this man and the people of this country are realizing this. Thx.

    February 12, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Amy, Kazoo

    to TJ who said:"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."

    the fact that Obama removed his name from the Michigan ballot and yet kept it on in the FL ballot was a definitive slap in the face to Michigan voters. The rules and punishments were the same for both states. He only left it on in FL to get some delegates once it was settled that most analysts agreed the delegates would be seated at the convention. he sent a clear message to MI voters. He does not care about their votes or the state's issues.

    I tried to post this once already, was in moderation and then was removed. I wonder why....

    February 12, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. KEN, CA

    Back in 1999, G.W. claimed he was a Washington's outsider, promised to bring "changes" to Washington.
    Hope that Obama won't bring "dumb" changes with him if elected.
    Changes are not always good ....

    February 12, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. LISTEN!!!!!

    this is my first primary. i'm SOO excited. after i get off of work i'm gonna go vote!!!

    for obama!!!!!! woooh, go va!!

    February 12, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Paul M

    I am outraged at McCain's action towards a CNN reporter. McCain's true colors came when he call a reporter a "Jerk". As a school administrator how am I am suppose to tell our children not call people names. McCain needs to make a public apology to that reporter. Watch republican is this the kind of president you want? Nice example, huh?

    February 12, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. fred

    you probably wont acknowledge this but how does it feel to have to have influenced the election. do you feel good.the power of the media is to great to be allowed to not remain nuetral .so congrdulations I just wonder why go thru the process . why not just tell us who the candigate is going to be. it would save millions.

    February 12, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. pam Eugene OR

    Man oh man, the Clinton folks sure are begging for votes today.
    I am sure the higher than normal turnout favors Barack. We will be celebrating tonight!
    Randy in Denver Woman power...you mad me laugh!

    February 12, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Randy - Denver

    deanne that is because the superdelegates are NOT tied to the candidate they initially say they are for, most of them are politicians, and (sorry gotta stick the jib in), like Ms. Clinton, they will blow whichever way the wind turns at the end therefore they are not a "FOR SURE" in either column. Okay I could have done without the jib to Ms. Clinton and so to balance it out let me rephrase my last statement... most of them are politicians, and like Mr. Obama, we can never be sure where they stand... that better? Sheeesh smile people ity will all work out in the end remember that even Bush has not totally destroyed our Country (THANK GOODNESS FOR TERM LIMITS!)

    February 12, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Texan for Obama

    In my crystal ball....tomorrow morning when you bring up CNN online, there will be a main picture of HRC crying about something or another.

    She better not be counting on Texas. We were thrilled to get the Clintons out of office last time and we might forgive but we will not forget !! TV ads are already running in Texas for Obama. Not a one from her yet. I think she'll being writing herself another check before the week's out. She cannot beat this movement ! Never ever ever.....

    February 12, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. smart grrl in ls mo

    OBAMAPHILIA is a disease to which shallow- and non-thinkers are particularly susceptible.

    February 12, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. John

    Hillary can beat the Republican. Obama without experience can not. Democrats will go over to the Republican if Obama is the Democrat nominee. Go Hillary and get the White House in order.

    February 12, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. Nigel Harrison

    John – re the minimum wage

    Are you serious? Of course the minimum wage should be indexed, as should the tax brackets and the AMT. If a business owner is selling less due to prices then they should have less staff or find cheaper supplies, etc. What usually happens is business owners want the wage to be kept lower to increase profits on inefficient operations, instead of doing the hard work like optimizing their supply chain to best practices and opening new markets. – It's like paying subsidies, it stifles creativeness and ultimately competiveness.

    February 12, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. Vote Candidate Not Party

    If Obama is the nominee we have an obligation to vote for the best qualified candidate, John McCain. Look at stances on the issues and experience and vote for who has the most of both – a vote should be logic based not emotionally based and definitely NOT party based. Don't kid yourselves, McCain will win easily in an Obama vs. McCain race (and the Republicans know it). We need to wipe out these ridiculous party lines and start voting for the best candidate rather than the one that can give the best speech.

    February 12, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. Angela

    There is nothing that the Republicans can do to Hillary that they haven't already done over the years. So in many ways she would be the better candidate.

    That, and the fact that Obama does not have experience, (otherwise he would get into specifics of how he plans to 'change' Washington) are some of the many reasons why Hillary should be the nominee......

    February 12, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. pcs/ North Carolina

    John in Columbus, OH
    You are absolutely right, if we stay on this "race" course, in 20 yrs we will be far behind many countries like India and China. With this recession (Bush may disagree ), U.S is already lagging behind. We should discard race from all documents (white, black, brown, blue !!). What nonsense is this, all people are equal and all are Americans. This United we stand, divisive politics makes us down the slippery slope.

    Hillary has experience, what experience as the "first lady" ? Obama has more experience than Hillary in state and US senate. Imagine if not for "Bill Clintons" name, there is no way Hillary would be in this position. Obama was nobody 3yrs ago, and built up this phenomenal movement. Why did Hillary authorized this merciless Iraq war if she has EXPERIENCE, !! Presidents need to have good Judgment, than a CV full of artificial experience.

    February 12, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. Leo

    To Rudy Tiggs: In defense of John, Bill Clinton said (and you can look it up on CNN), "Even Jesse Jackson won South Carolina." If that isn't an insult to Obama as a black man then I don't know what is. I try not to go around "bashing" the candidates, so that's all I'll say on that one. Bill goofed and has since apologized, but with his experience (as Hillary is claiming they have) Bill should have known better. Hey, we will see what happens tonight. There is still a long ways to go. Thx.

    February 12, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. voter in ny

    Flip flop here flip flop there. This state is more important than that blah, blah, blah, so HillBill says. I'm tired of the fraudulent Clintons. If you think of scandal you are not prepared for the real story that has yet to be revealed about her campaign contributors -the health care insurance companies and the entrenched PACs!
    Vote Obama 08!

    February 12, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. Karen from Minnesota

    I think if Obama is elected there will be a lot of disappointed people as he has made many promises, is NOT looking at finances and is creating false hopes. he cannot deliver large programs without the $$$$$$ It doesn't take any brains to figure that out.

    As the ad used to say: "Promise her anything but ..."

    Being a good president is about fiscal responsibility as well as about taking care of the needs of its citizens. They have to balance!

    I can see a lot of bumper stickers declaring: "Don't blame me I voted for..."

    February 12, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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