- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Turnout has been high and heavily Democratic so far in today’s primary at Berkshire Elementary School in Forestville, Md., the chief Republican and Democratic election judges said.

In the first four hours the polls were open, 264 people cast a ballot — 257 of them for Democrats. Normally, between 150 and 199 people come to Berkshire Elementary between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. in presidential primary years, said chief Republican election judge Annie B. Carter, who has been working at this polling place since 1991.

“It’s been very busy,” she said, adding that a line of 40 to 50 people were present when the polling place opened.

Four voters interviewed by The Washington Times all voted for Democrats: Two for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and two for New York Sen. Hillary Clinton. None of them said the cold weather affected them in getting to the polling place.

Carlos Russell voted for Mr. Obama because “he seems to be more in touch with the younger generation,” although he said he does not “have a problem” with Mrs. Clinton as the party’s nominee.

Joseph Newman, of Forestville, also voted for Mr. Obama. He said he liked Mr. Obama’s values, but also felt Mrs. Clinton would be a good president.

Joyce Anderson and Ben Surratt, also of Forestville, both voted for Mrs. Clinton and cited her experience as the reason for their votes.

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