Super Tuesday preps

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February 4, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Boards of Election in our area are busy today preparing for Georgia's Presidential Primaries Tuesday.

Statewide advance voting figures indicate a turnout of 30 to 35 percent of the registered voters Tuesday. That would be the largest turnout for the primaries since 1992.

In Richmond County, more than 90,000 are eligible to vote. Nearly 5000 people took advantage of early voting last week, with about three-fourths of them casting ballots in the Democratic primary.

Five trucks were loaded with voting machines Monday morning and they're being taken to 52 locations across the county. Similar work is underway in Columbia and other Georgia counties in our area.

Republicans will have 72 delegates at the National Convention. The Democrats will have 87.

With more than 20 states voting Tuesday, the candidates are trying to spread themselves around the country. Republican Mitt Romney has an appearance set for Atlanta Monday afternoon.

Election observers will be closely watching the black voter turnout as well as those who describe themselves as Christian conservatives.

CBS News will have two hours of "Super Tuesday" coverage that night from 9 to 11 pm, and News 12 will have local updates to report on the Georgia results during that time.

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