The Washington Times - November 4, 2008, 07:46AM

UPDATED, 8:19 a.m.:

Jim Delgado, a longtime D.C. resident and retired D.C. government worker, said he thought that by arriving at 5:30 a.m. at the St. Francis Hall polling place in Northeast, he would be first in line.

He was second, but he was still thrilled to be voting for Sen. Barack Obama.

Mr. Delgado said the Obama candidacy was “the fruit of the civil rights movement.”

Obama’s candidacy “opens the door for all kinds of possibilities, for anybody who wants to do everything,” he said.

Voters waited about 45 minutes in line during the first two hours of voting.

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There was a line of 300-400 people outside the St. Francis Hall polling place in Northeast D.C., Precinct 68, before it opened at 7 a.m.

Ivery Roberts Jr., a campaign worker for a D.C. Council candidate, said he was surprised at the number of people.

“We thought this was going to be a quiet spot,” Mr. Roberts said.