Augusta voters turn out in record numbers

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock, February 05, 2008

Augusta, GA---It was a record Super Tuesday for Augusta. 30,000 people were expected....40,000 actually showed up. "I just know that I had to do this. This is something that I had to do," said Rosa Anderson. 45 year old Anderson proudly displayed her I voted sticker. She has called Augusta home for 23 years, but Super Tuesday was her first time out to the polls. "I know that I should have voted a long time ago, but it just didn't interest me but now...since I got my grandkids coming up it's very important that they get what they need."

Annie Sloans...agrees. She made 2 trips to the polls today. The second trip was with her grandson."I say it's time for us to go vote honey. I done did mine here we are...he came in to cast his vote."

This was a make or break election. The Democratic and Republican presidential nominations are both still up for grabs. On the Republican side...local experts are making big claims. "I would declare right now that McCain is going to be the republican presidential candidate for the presidency," said Dr. Ralph Walker at Augusta State University.

But things on the Democratic side are not so clear cut. "No...absolutely not. It's up for grabs." Dr. Ralph Walker is director of the research center at Augusta State University.

After 40 years of tackling politics his prediction for the Democrats is..."I'm predicting that nobody can predict at this point which one of the two are going to be the nominee."

There are those who say no matter who gets the nomination they are encouraged. "I think it's good I really do. It shows that the United States is actually coming together and coming up to date with where they need to be," said voter Mike Wilson.

Local election officials predicted a 35% turnout. 44 percent of voters in Richmond County cast a ballot on Super Tuesday.

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