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. Kim

    How can Hillary stand for anything new. She takes her donations from same old Pacs, talks the same old talk. and has the same sleazy blabber mouth husband. There will be nothing new if she wins except a gender change in the white house. With her divisive personality very little will get done. Obama will at least have an oppertunity to create real change, bring people together and forge a new road for America.

    February 12, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. Brian G

    Ya know, it is so sad when CNN has to inform the public what the "Potomac " is.

    Talk bout yer need fer better educashun!

    February 12, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. kathleen, illinois

    I am an educated white lady ,62 and i cannot for the next 8 years listen
    to Hillary Clintons voice and same old message on the TV. Sorry folks, I just cannot. It is a heartwrenching awareness. but real.

    February 12, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Corey, Maryland

    Proud to have voted for Obama today!!!!

    Obama Richardson 08!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. CHERYL

    IF PEOPLE WOULD CHECK OUT BORACKS PAST THEN THE VOTES WOULD NOT BE GOING HIS WAY!!!!!!!
    CHARACTER MEANS A LOT! THE MEDIA HAS PAINTED BORACK AS THE GOLDEN BOY! OR WHATS POPULAR AT THE MOMENT!
    THE SAD PART IS THAT MANY PEOPLE FALL FOR THE HYPE AND JOIN WHAT THEY PERCEIVE AS POPULAR!
    BIG MISTAKE!
    IF BORACK BECOMES THE NOMINEE I WILL NOT VOTE AT ALL!
    I CANNOT VOTE FOR A REPUBLICAN!
    AND I WILL NOT VOTE FOR SOMEONE THAT I FEEL IS SO WRONG FOR THIS COUNTRY!
    HE HAS NO PROVEN TRACK RECORD!
    AND A SHAKY PAST AND FRIENDS!!!!!!

    I AM WITH HILLARY CLINTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Nicy

    Vote for Senator Obama. He is the Man for the Job.

    February 12, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. AK

    The only change Obama would bring would be the obvious change....maybe if he would elaborate on this SO-CALLED "change" he's going to bring, I would feel more inclined to vote for him. Since he doesn't, I VOTE for HILLARY. Hillary implemented more change for health care when Bill was in office and she was just the first lady then! Imagine what she could do as prez. Don't be ignorant america, don't vote for Obama because you can relate to him, or because he's "just like you". If you want someone just like you, then why don't YOU run for president? Me? I would rather have someone running our country that was smarter and had more experience than me, someone like HILLARY. VOTE FOR HILLARY!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. Roger

    Ron Paul is the only honorable candidate.....Can't wait for the MARCH ON DC...Go Ron Paul...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. Christine

    I vote for Hillary, vote for the talent and not for slogans

    February 12, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. kathleen, illinois

    Obama, yes we can, yes we can. Yo we can!!!!!!!! OBAMA 08
    Michelle is a beautiful, strong, educated, hard working, loving, dedicated woman
    and athe two little girls are simply beautiful. Someone new deserves to live in the
    White House in 2008 OBAMA 2008

    February 12, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. SPECIALADI

    I BELIEVE THE CLINTONS HAVE HAD THEIR SAY, IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE IN THIS COUNTRY, TIME FOR AMERICA TO BEGIN TO HEAL, FROM ALL HER WOUNDS AND FRUSTRATIONS, WE MUST COME TOGETHER AS ONE, WITH ONE VOICE AND ONCE CHOICE, THAT IS WHAT I THINK OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT WILL BRING, NOT JUST CHANCE IN THINGS, BUT CHANGE IN THE HEARTS OF AMERICAN PEOPLE TO PULL TOGETHER AND STAND UP AND MAKE THIS COUNTRY WORTH LIVING IN, PEOPLE WE HAVE GOT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, WE HAVE GOT TO SUPPORT VISION OF CHANGE, SOMETHING FRESH, SOMETHING NEW, EIGHT IS THE NUMBER OF NEW BEGINNINGS, SO LETS AMERICANS AFFECT THAT CHANGE AND VOTE FOR OBAMA COME NOVEMBER,

    February 12, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Lisa

    "Everyone wants to be able to say, "I was there when we elected Barack Obama President of the United States.""

    No, not everyone. I'd actually prefer to say "I was there when we elected Hillary Clinton, the first female (more than 50% of the population) president."

    Obama is a charming, intelligent man who lacks experience (a state legislator who has only been a senator for a few years) and is woefully unspecific on the issues. He won't debate Hillary in February b/c he knows debates showcase how detailed and specific her thinking is.

    I'll admit he has charisma and is winning people over, but that doesn't mean he is ready to be president.

    If Hillary isn't on the ticket, McCain gets my vote because Obama isn't ready.

    February 12, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. Ndulue Lloyd

    VOTE OBAMA OR...?

    February 12, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. Serge

    Hillary's recent comments about "activists not representing the electorate" is a sad way to end what could have been a closer contest. But because she chose to play race card politics again, she has distanced herself even further from the mainstream thinking of the American people. Sounds like she's almost finished digging digging that hole for herself... hope she left enough room for Bill in there.

    February 12, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. Mark, Austin, Texas

    Bottom line, we want Obama!

    February 12, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. sunny

    What do we know about Obama? NOTHING.... and that is his only appeal...

    Actions always speak louder than words.. and we have not seen any action.

    February 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. CHANGE IS COMING

    Rechi,

    You are stretching the facts, just like Hillary's experience. I saw the same interview and she didn't speak as if she was already the first lady.

    And this is no fantasy, this is CHANGE. Don't confuse the two.

    February 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. Nikole

    Taking on the Republicans would be a cake walk for BO after going up against the Clintons. And Michelle Obama most certainly didn't act like "Queen of the White House". She simply answered the questions she was given. You guys are reaching.

    barackobama.com

    February 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. Hillary

    Obama has no detail on anything more of fresh face, media and anti-Clinton supporters from both sides – May be he is good but I don’t see anything other than his 2004 speech and inspiring kids – Hope its not going to end up like Bush. We need some one to fix the economy like in 90’s and I don’t care who it is-

    Hillary 08 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. Willie McGill

    I sincerely wish Senator Clinton a successful victory tonight. She would definitely make the best Presidential Candidate against Senator McCain.

    February 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. Cheyenne

    Why Black people are voting for Obama he is not Jesse Jackson, He is 1st genaration of Mixed race he never endure racial discrimination.

    February 12, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  22. Alex from Florida

    Over 57% of Hillary's supporters ddin't graduate in High School lol, i wonder if they understand her issues.

    February 12, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  23. AK

    Oh and Joe....the guy who wrote this...

    "57% of you Hillary supporters didn't even graduate high school."

    Well it doesn't really matter–your current president went to an ivy league school but I'm pretty sure he was a pot head. Maybe that explains some of his mindless decisions about the war on Iraq.

    And I went to barackobama.com and noticed that some of the issues spelled out on his website directly CONTRADICT what he said at the debate and Hillary called him out on it.

    February 12, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  24. rafael

    this is one LATINO voting for OBAMA

    February 12, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. Kevin K, Spokane

    Obama offers the breath of fresh air this country needs at this moment in time. Go Obama!

    February 12, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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