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Local Democrats Gather for Super Tuesday

By: Matt Holmes Email
By: Matt Holmes Email

Tuesday February 5, 2008

In a week Virginia will take the national spotlight as the commonwealth holds its presidential primary votes.

The largely democratic crowd gathered Tuesday night at Gravity Lounge showed those primaries are anybody's ballgame.

"I really am galvanized by Obama's message of hope," said Barack Obama supporter John Wertman.

Hillary Clinton supporter Ida Simmons countered, saying, "I think she's very smart. I think she does her homework."

And Republican John McCain even had his support.

"Being an ex-military man myself, I do not like to have a commander-in-chief with no military experience whatsoever," said Johne Girdley.

Girdley was a lone republican in a sea of prominent democrats Tuesday night. Those democrats say one factor that's really made a difference is the personal touch; appearances last year in Charlottesville by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

"When he came to Charlottesville, Virginia and I saw him, I just said 'oh my God, this is a man who can inspire us. This is a man who can lead us to places we haven't been in a long time,'" said Obama supporter Cynthia Neff.

And the race seems to be getting closer and closer.

"I thought Hillary had a lead everywhere, but I've been quite surprised that Obama seems to be catching up," Simmons said.

One thing is for sure: these democrats aren't so much bound to their candidates as they are to their party.

"I don't really have any outstanding problem with Hillary. I'll fully support her if she's the Democratic nominee," Wertman said.

And Clinton supporters at Tuesday night's event said the same about Obama.

With Super Tuesday now out of the way, it's on to Virginia for the candidates and possibly a very important piece to the nominating puzzles.

The event at Gravity Lounge was a fundraiser to benefit the Road Back PAC, which supports democrats in central Virginia.

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