- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Gov. Tim Kaine, first lady Anne Holton and their son, Nat - all Sen. Barack Obama supporters - cast their votes their in the morning inside the Main Street Train Station, also known as he Clock Tower, in downtown Richmond.

“Obama rocks,” said Sharon Houston, a 51-year-old management consultant. “He optimizes all the hopes and dreams of blacks of the past. Blacks have had to overcome so much in this country and that is what I think when I see him.”

There were no visible Republican voters at the station.

The most recent Mason-Dixon poll showed Arizona Sen. John McCain leading Republicans with 55 percent and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in second place with 27 percent.

Among Democrats, Obama, Illinois, is ahead of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York, 53 percent to 37 percent.

Elizabeth Fraley, 23, a pre-med student at Virginia Commonwealth University, said she was attracted to Mr. Obama’s message of change.

“He is the most progressive candidate out there,” she said. “I think people speaks more for them and to them.”

Based on conversations she had with other people her age, Miss Fraley said she expected most people in her age will vote for Obama.

“It’s always been a Clinton and Bush, well before I could even vote,” she said. “I hear people say, ‘If we election Hillary, ‘Wow, it’s going to be the same.’ ”

Claudette Spears, the precinct chairwoman at the Clock Tower, said at about 11 a.m., roughly 60 or the estimated 200 registered voters in the precinct had voted. “We are a little slower than we thought we would be,” she said.

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