Voter turnout steady

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By Caroline Curran, Reporter

Throughout the day today, local polling places reported steady voter turnout.


A steady stream of voters and local candidates arrived at Town Creek District Park this morning to cast their votes and, for the candidates, attempt to secure some last-minute votes.

While the northern precinct was busiest early this morning, candidates arrived mid-morning in hopes of gaining some critical votes needed to capture their seats while voters continued to arrive at a steady pace.

County commissioner May Moore, a Democrat running for re-election, stopped by the park to talk to voters, as did Democratic challenger for county commissioner Marion Davis.

Republican U.S. House of Representatives candidate Will Breazeale spoke to voters before they went inside to cast their ballots.

South of Town Creek in Supply, Brunswick County Register of Deeds candidate Republican Brenda Mercer Clemmons hoped to secure votes despite the dreary weather.

Voters at both locations were eager to talk about why they cast their votes for either Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) or for Republican Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for president.

Sunset Harbor resident Carol Hamilton, who was handing out McCain information at the Supply poll, said she voted for McCain, because she was concerned about abortion and gay marriage in North Carolina.

“So I cast my vote for the conservatives,” she explained.

As to whether she thought McCain could clinch a come-from-behind victory over Obama, “I'm hoping and praying for a miracle,” Hamilton said.

Ronnie Robertson of Supply was also at the Supply poll donning an Obama T-shirt and baseball cap.

Robertson said he voted for Obama, “based on his qualification and his skills and his smarts.”

“One thing I like about Obama is that he is fair,” he added.

Leland resident Michael Mealy said he cast his vote for McCain because of his experience.

“I just think Sen. McCain has got more experience when it comes to, especially right now, Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said.

Mary Bordeaux voted for Obama.

“I’m ready for a change,” she said.

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