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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  1. pcs/ North Carolina

    "Superdelegates" is called "rigging" in other countries. This is not the way you elect someone in a democratic way, you are simply buying votes !!

    February 12, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Marie

    because superdelegates can change their minds, so it's worth separating them out to show the difference. It's not spin, it's analysis.

    February 12, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. U.S. Army Vet

    No the super delegates only count if there should be a tie going into the Democratic Convention. Otherwise, they do not count. The general pop vote and delegates count first and foremost. So, if Obama reaches 2,025 based strictly on the gen. pop. vote and delegates before Hillary, he wins the nomination. Go Obama!

    February 12, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. James

    After today Clinton well be be behind even with the super delegates.

    February 12, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Nav

    Hillary is crippled as a candidate on the most important issue of this election....
    George W. Bush took our nation to WAR.
    There is no higher duty or responsibility for any President than taking this country to WAR.
    NONE !
    On that critical issue – more critical than any other
    Clinton voted YES.
    Now, if she believes that we should have gone to war...like many, many patriotic Republicans and millions of Americans...all she has to do is say so. Just say she was for the invasion and war.
    But she won't.
    I'm sure because she knows to say so now would kill her.
    So why can't she do as John Edwards did? Just admit that her vote was a mistake?
    The truth is sometimes very simple.
    She voted YES to position herself for this election cycle. There is no other explanation.
    That is an act of personal cowardice and her deceit since then disqualifies her from the highest office in the land where she would have the power to try it again.
    She is a good legislator – she should stay in the Senate -and in the Senate, Bill is kept at bay.
    She blew her shot at the White house by stepping over the line beyond cunning...
    And, now – still fearful of McCain's attack – she steadfastly refuses to admit that her vote was a mistake -(unlike John Edwards who is an honest man).
    Clinton must be denied the nomination.

    February 12, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. Texan for Obama

    Because deanne – superdelegates have the option to change their mind at any time wereas the delegate number will not change. Once this Obama train starts rolling full speed, you're going to see MANY changes. Right now the superdelegates stand at:
    Clinton – 224
    Obama – 132

    Most of hers were pledged prior to 1/11/08 and before the train came to town. After 1/11/08, they were virturally tied until Super Tuesday were Obama is now getting more pledges every day than she is.
    Want proof?? go to demconwatch.blogspot.com.
    Updated everyday and more current than the MSM which is inaccurate most of the time. Also has lists of unpledged delegates.
    Get educated !!

    February 12, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Va voter

    Why should I vote for Hillary? I'm not in Texas or Ohio so what does she care?

    I had to show my ID too...

    February 12, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Diane

    I'm an OBAMA MAMA!
    Hillary is definitely up to the task, but she cannot sway the world opinion like Barack can. She's a likeable person and gives no one reason to hate her, but she cannot bring the parties AND the country together like Obama can.
    The anti-Hillary's out there will do us all wrong and vote Republican if she wins the nomination, then we'll be more down the toilet than we are now. Can the country be duped again like W did to us? Hopefully we won't shame our country again.

    February 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. LeeAnn N. Taylor, San Francisco, Ca

    It seems some Dems are more concerned with beating the Clintons than they are with beating the republicans. The party is split in two. All of you hollier-than-thou Obama types will need Clinton supporters if he gets the nod. Why don't you think about that before you post most more Hillary hate. IT WILL COME BACK TO HURT YOU.

    Go sista Hillary!

    February 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Joe

    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 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Shannon Shiflett

    Proudly voted for Obama today in VA. If he doesn't get the nomination and win the general election, I think my participation in politics is over. We'll be truly lost, stuck in a fake government ruled by the Bush-Clinton dynasty.

    February 12, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. Matt

    Still waiting for CNN to report on the John Glenn endorsement of Senator Clinton.

    February 12, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |

    Vote for Obama!

    February 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Keisha

    voted for Obama here in MD. And for those of you that claim Maryland is such a small state please keep in mind there are 70 delegates NOT including the super delegates. Virginia has 83 I believe. MD is a smaller state but one with a pretty decent population count.

    February 12, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. sw

    Being an ousider, and looking the whole voting process, it is really surprised to know that how shallow most american are! they treat their theri vote for President may well decide their food on the table as an American Idol contest, like a cool thing, instead of a serious thing, it is funny that most young voters claim they have higher education degree, adn they act so naive. america is going down, probably will go down further, if you electe another Bush as your President, which is unqualified, false promise giving person. I think you should have thousands good-looking guy(even some of you yourself) , with the help of some writer, can give a nice, "Inspiring" speech, but how much do you know about them? do you really trust them managing your money and future?

    February 12, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. John Tsantakis

    Nigel – any policy including minimum wage is a step away from free enterprise but necessary as low income people need to survive. Its true that all business should aim to be efficient as possible but...some are. Should the fed goverment's lack of monetary policy control be tied to the minimum wage? That is one major reason in what is driving prices up. Tell a grocer or a diner your argument. I think they won't like what you would say to them. If they go out of business, even the workers are in worse shape. We need real change, not a mirage of promises. Hillary Clinton is the only candidate detail oriented enough to really think through the problems we currently face.

    February 12, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. Rechi

    This is unbelievable, fantasy beyong fantasy. Last night, Michelle Obama was on Larry King Live and she spoke as she was already the queen of White House. Gosh, I just can't believe this fantasy of hers, I just hope and pray that she drowns in her own fantasy and comes to reality that it is not over until it is really over.

    February 12, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. E. in Dallas, TX

    Hey, guess who failed to report to the Senate to vote today against giving telecom companies your private information? That's right-- Hillary Clinton. She was the only Senator that didn't show to vote against giving away your right to privacy.

    Go Figure.

    She was too busy pandering for Latino votes in South Texas.

    February 12, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. christina Haskin

    Vote for Obama. There are lots of woman I know who are supporting Obama for President. Woman's meetings I have attended have woman from all age categories and ethnic groups. I would like to see a woman be president but it has to be a leader and a great woman. I don't want Hillary just because she is a woman. Barack Obama is the right person for this moment in history and lots of woman know this and will vote for Obama.

    February 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Beekeeper

    With 2,295 of 4,049 delegates decided…each candidate must have 2,025 delegates to win. That's a lie & The U.S.A. has a big beef with that!!!

    The U.S. has a problem with that, because FL & MI don't count. If they did, there would still be 4,049 delegates left to be decided. That's not the case!!

    Since they don't count, why not say the truth?

    Why not tell the U.S.A. that you'd need a mere 1,805 delegates to win the nomination, since there are actually only 3,607 delegates available!?!

    Again, all because of no FL & no MI.

    I think it's legitimate to ask, because of how close the race is. The numbers stem from 720 Superdelegates & 2,887 Pledged Delegates; as apposed to the alleged 796 Sup's & alleged 3,253 Pledge's.

    It is or it isn't. But, it's not both. So, which one is it AP??? We The People need to Wake Up!! The only way that can happen is if the truth be told. Let the votes stand for something rather than nothing; and let them be reported as such.

    February 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. DRS

    Why do the political pundits include in the delegate count the superdelegates when they haven't actually voted? It is deceiving. Besides, the superdelegates won't be needed because Barak will reach the 2,025 mark by March 4th.

    February 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. mennish

    Change We believe in..................Go Obama

    February 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Sydney, Australia

    Whoever wins the democratic race, let's just hope that the greater American population are as opened minded as it thinks it is, and has the courage to actually vote for a black or female as president. McCain must be rubbing his hands together!

    February 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. Carol

    As hard as I try I still don't know what Barack Obama believes in. Since he is well educated and aware, I think that this lack of information and his position on the issues is intentional. When I hear her speak, she is well informed and has a position on every single issue. I sense that Barack Obama is very naive about foreign policy. Aside from being for getting out of Iraq, his lack of information on foreign policy really scares me. I read an article in which it said that Michelle Obama actually encouages her husband not to talk about the isssues, but to carry on a campaign like a rock star, chrming the electorate with his boyish good looks. There is no comparison between the 2 candidates. Hillary is the superior candidate, particularly against McCain.

    Hillary has been up against the Republicans and has survived. If Obama wins, and they find other things about him that could destroy him.

    Most importantly, though several debates I hear substance about Hillary's views and not much at all about Obama's position on the issues that are beyond generalities. He has conducted his campaign like a rock star to lure the younger voters and encouraged a cult of personality. But there is little substance to what he says except about getting out of the Iraq War. What does he think about Afganistan, which is the same as it was when we got there the first time? He has no known position on this at all.

    February 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. Davidae, MI

    Amy, Kazoo: your characterization of Obama's actions in Michigan are rather untrue and unfortunate. Clearly, all candidates had planned to remove their names from the ballot in order to align themselves with DNC party rules. Hillary pulled a fast one and left hers on at the last minute. For this, you trumpet her as some sort of hero and champion of the people??? ridiculous. After Edwards and Obama learned of Hillary's sneaky move, they kept their names on the FL ballots, not to be fooled twice. To act like Obama doesn't care about MI voters is insane.

    It's just yet another example of Clinton deception, spun to look like something positive. And the sad part is, you fell for it.

    February 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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