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. stan pitts pa

    release your tax receipts!

    February 12, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. Jolie

    Obama can't unite anyone. His supporters have drawn a clear line. They will refuse to vote for anyone but him. Obama has divided the democratic party. Only true democrats not swayed by media or rock star status will vote for a candidate with solid issues. Vote for the candidate that supports the real democrats. Popularity does not equal a great president. Heck, Brittany Spears is popular, but that does not mean I would want her for president. Get real people, think about our future. We need someone strong enough to clean up the mess Bush left behind. Obama is NOT the one, not yet, he needs more experience. Vote Hillary and bring our country back!

    February 12, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. Drew

    Hillary's gotten most of her experience being over Bill's shuolders...that doesn't make you qualified to run the country. She has less actual experience as an "elected" government official as Obama does. Check the record. She has made a habit of playing word games. If she loses today, she'll indeed resort to dirty politics, and make race a topic to paint Obama as a "black" candidate. Obama has shown that he knows who he is, and doesn't have to shout to the world that he's African American. He is the best person for the job. Obama hasn't made a point of labeling Hillary as a "woman" candidate. She's another person running for the office. We need a President with integrity, and Obama brings that. Besides..do you really thing Bill won't be running the show behind the scenes.

    February 12, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Harvey

    Rep that call themselves Obamacans..there is no party loyalty with those people.so why even claim to be a rep....in Nov they may vote rep ..PLEASE stop saying I am female and I am white and I voted for Obama..I dont care what u r ..just vote...there are no bragging rights here.

    I also had to show ID today

    February 12, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. cheryl

    Go Obama

    February 12, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. JOHN

    Everyone give Hillary your vote!!!!
    Clinton/Obama ticket is what this country needs. Help do the democrats and this country right. Clinton/Obama then he can run again in 8 years giving this country a Democrat president for 16 years. This is what our country needs to fix the mess its in. We get experiance and Change lets do it right . VOTE HILLARY!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. suzy

    Obama has been making a LOT of promises that he most likely won't be able to keep. He is going to stumble and fall, IF he makes it past the Republicans.
    You are all following "your leader" into the political abyss.
    Something interesting I heard – all of the "Independent white guys" who have apparently been voting for Obama – well, they are going to vote Republican when the general election comes around, and McCain is the choice.
    How would a Republican ever vote Democratic?
    It's a strategy to rip the Democrats wide open. And sexism still rules.........
    If you think Obama is any different than any other politician, think again.
    He's scouting out delegates just like everyone else.
    He will come and SPEAK to your area, but only if it's delegate rich.
    Otherwise, have you seen him???????
    Get real people.

    February 12, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. LaWanda,

    Blind followers for Obama....he is the best cult leader yet....yay...we get to ask no questions so we don't have to confront uncomfortable answers....yay.....woo hoo....Obama is going to make everything great...I will even get a sweetheart land deal form a slum lord like my hero Obama...yay...finally he has come...who needs universal health coverage...hope and change will heal everything...yay...

    February 12, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. What next

    I hate the comments that say all of Obama wins doesn't reflect the State. He has was 20 out of 31 states in these primaries and Caucuses....How do 20 out of 31 states not reflect what America Wants. And Experience....funny how no one from the clinton campaign can tell all the years of Service. Lets stop the bickering and let the voters decide. We have 3 states today and we have for more this month. Lets see what America says tonite and the rest of February.

    February 12, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. Philip from Chicago!!!

    I believe Obama is a good leader, but I feel he needs more knowledge and experience before he can run our great nation. It is not even about Race, Creed, or Color.. Its about electing an experienced LEADER.. If we are to elect a LEADER that will Finally LEAD this nation in the direction it needs, We all should be voting for Hillary Clinton!!! HILLARY 2008!!!!!!!! GO Hillary... Regardless we all have our own views which is what makes the United States Such a great nation!!!

    February 12, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. Corinne Lamour, CT

    Hilary Clinton is the voice of experience and change. Part of the change includes the fact that she has found her voice and listens to the voices of "we the people". I am repeating my message on this blog regarding Michelle Obama on Laryy KIng Live last night. She is looking forward to effecting changes if her husband is elected President. " Duel Presidency" people! The Obamas use the word "Change" as a mantra for their "movement" into what? Where is the substance of their message? Hillary Clinton has the experience and the wisdom to heal The United States Of America after the disasterous Bush Presidency. Hillary Clinton will provide the leadership we need NOW.

    February 12, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. A.R.

    Quote by Barney, Long Island
    "If you have a bad leak in your plumbing, a big leak in your roof or need radical surgery, who do you want to work for you? A novice or an experienced professional. You should be picking an experienced nominee to work on the serious world problems facing our nation. Don't cry about what is about to happen if Obama makes it. We are doomed!!!"

    I'd rather have some one who can bring together the best doctors.

    In this case, Obama seems to be the one.

    People should really put the inexperience crap aside, since when did the presidency become a man show?

    February 12, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. Michiel W

    Once again, that Obama supporters are spitting their venom. Can anyone out there please tell me how this is 'uniting' for the Democratic party? There have been plenty of instances of mud-slinging on both sides. Time to give it a rest.

    February 12, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. andy

    Bottom line who ever win P.A., Tx., and Oh. will be the next president of the United States, right now Hillary has won the popular vote by more than 500,000 votes (this is a fact that seems to escape everyone.) So if she wins those 3 huge states the popular vote will go even further in her favor. I can't see how anyone who believes in democracy could resist this fact.

    February 12, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. Cathy

    When you go to the polls remember that Hillary Clinton is the best candidate by far. She is much more capable in the arena of foreign policy as well as homefront issues: the economy, the ONLY universal health care plan, the environment, security and immigration. Hillary has had the original ideas. Obama piggy backs on her and acts as if his ideas are his own. Obama is a great preacher. Listen to him talk when he's not preaching, though. He has trouble thinking on his feet when it's not a rehearsed and oft-repeated "sermon." Then listen to Hillary. She knows what she's talking about. She has genuine plans that WILL WORK born of experience and brilliance. Obama might be a smart preacher with an idea of a new government but he's not the best one to bring that vision about. Hillary has a similar vision but she's focusing on how to bring that vision about rather than only rousing an emotional response in citizens. Go Hillary!

    February 12, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. TJ

    It's amazing how many Clinton supporters speak about Obama having little experience. Hmmmmmm, doesn't occur to me that Bill had a lot of experience either, yet you apparently think he did a great job. That pokes all sorts of holes in your "not enough experience" statements.

    Vote Obama.

    February 12, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. marie

    I did not know Hillary is 60 years old!!! We want change
    McCain is 72or like74! Give me a break!!
    It's Barack only 46. Come on – he's the wave of the future. The republicians should rally behind Huckabee ( don't know how young he is). Out with the old age, old politics, old way of running the political scene.

    February 12, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. Mike

    ATTENTION ALL HILLARY SUPPORTERS. You were right we all need to vote for the person with the most experience who can lead on day 1. That's why I'm voting for John McCain. Think of it this way, the boat is going down fast and each candidate has a lifeboat, which lifeboat are you getting in? The person with the most experience, and since you got rid of Dodd, Biden and Richardson the three with the most experience I'm getting in john's boat.

    February 12, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. Garry

    I cann't beleive what I just heard Obamacans. He's got his own tribe now. Lets get it over and just put him on MT. Rushmore!!!!!! why wait. What a JOKE!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  20. Esteban Picos

    It will take two presidents in the white house to save the planet.

    February 12, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. LatinoNation

    Jacques Casimir ! I wish i could use my data and my words but it seems as CNN will not allow me to post the turth ! your data is flawed and you know it you are just adding and have not taken into account what will happen in texas in reality you want to make it out that most of texas will allow Obama his victory ? dang CNN you arte so mean to Clinton supporters i have tried on all the blogs why do you not let me say the truth ?????

    February 12, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. REV MICHAEL HUBBARD

    you people have taken off 7 post that were all facts about obama and you say that your not anti clinton or other candidates thats a lie from pitts of hell

    February 12, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  23. margaret abrusley

    I hope Hillary cleans up the field when Texas votes on March 4. She is still the only candidate out there that we can trust. The others are fluff and watermelon talk, as the saying goes. Another: The proof is in the pudding.

    Go Hillary,

    February 12, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  24. wwwallu

    Mina aanestaisin Obamaa!

    February 12, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. Mr. T

    I will not vote for Hillary if she becomes the nominee. I don't understand why the dems are keep looking to the past to solve future problems. Take a look at the Al Gore and John Kerry. Hillary represents the past and all the partisan fighting. I dont want another 90's politics. This is why I voted for change.

    February 12, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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