March 4, 2008
It's a round-up like no other in the state of Texas. Voters were out early
and analysts predict a virtual stampede. Record turnout due to a
combative Democratic race.
"It's historical, it's going to be historical," said Ramon Montes, Texas voter.
Voters are also casting ballots in Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island with a total of 370 delegates up for grabs. Senator Barack Obama knows this is his big chance to kick the legs out from under Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign.
"We are here to proclaim, yes we can, we are going to win in Texas!" said Obama.
Obama dried up Clinton's longstanding lead in the Lone Star state, and polls show he's just barely trailing her in Ohio. But the Clinton campaign says it's feeling a momentum shift, thanks in large part to her 3 in the morning phone call commercial. Today she hopes to end Obama's 11 contests winning streak.
Texans have an interesting advantage over the rest of the nation in that they can vote twice Tuesday. Once at a polling booth and again at a caucus later Tuesday night.
"It's a way to take part in getting your voice heard," said Steven Thomas, Texas voter.
That two-step system could mean one candidate might win the popular vote, but wind up with fewer delegates. As for the Republicans, a strong showing Tuesday by Senator John McCain could net him his party's nomination and end his cordial GOP race with Mike Huckabee.