Tennesseans line up to cast Super Tuesday ballots
Super Tuesday puts us much closer to finding out who will be each party’s nominee in the race for the White House. One state in our region is taking part: Tennessee.
Voting has been constant all day in Obion County. I’ve spoken to voters from both parties, and it seems like in this election there’s a real sense of urgency.
Leigh Schlager says part of her job as the Obion County Election Administrator is to encourage people to exercise their right to vote. It hasn’t been hard for her to get people to the polls for this primary.
"Being there is no incumbent in the position, it creates a lot of interest on both sides," Schlager says.
They came with their state issued IDs, and most came with their minds made up on who to vote for. Like Hal Rice, who cast his vote for Donald Trump.
"He’s real good at what he does. I think that when he makes a statement or makes a promise, he’s going to make every effort in the entire world to complete that," Rice says.
He isn’t alone. John Lytton says he’s tired of political correctness.
"He seems to be a man that shakes things up, and I think that’s what we need right now," Lytton says.
Many voters battled gloomy weather to be at the polls and seek change, like Sanders supporter Todd Little.
"My son’s in college. He’s going to end up in debt, deep in debt, just to go to college. When my generation and my father’s generation is a much more reasonable cost " Little says.
Although he wasn’t alone, he’s in the minority, according to Schlager. "In last Obion County has been a heavily Democratic county to vote in primaries, but this time it is just really, really, heavily Republican," she says.
If the Republican winner gets 67 percent of Tuesday’s votes or more, he will get 58 delegates. And the Democratic nominee will get 75.