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Heavy turnout as early voting sets the homestretch pace in Election 2008

Veteran’s Plaza looked a bit like Times Square in New York City Wednesday as voters poured into Election Commission quarters to cast the first votes in Election 2008. The parking zones were a gauntlet of hundreds of cars, a sea of political signs, and a gathering of waving campaigners eager to make one last pitch for their candidate of choice. The stakes, both local and national, are high.

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The lines to vote were as long as last weeks' lines to register; early voting is off to a heavy start!

The Obama/Biden McCain/Palin bout is the headliners, presidential tickets that read like a history-making vote for change with a man who could be the country’s first African American president or what some fear will be a Bush redux, same old same old, in the top slot and America’s first potential female in one of the top two federal slots.

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Senator Kurita explains the write-in process to a voter

In Clarksville, it’s the Kurita-Barnes race that has the locals fired up. Senator Kurita spent the day with her political shirtsleeves rolled up, campaigning face to face with the first round of voters taking advantage of Tennessee’s early voting. Kurita, who is running a write in campaign, said today she will continue her hands-on campaigning through the November 4th election, as she works to retain her Senate seat. Although Kurita won the primary race by 19 votes, that part of the election was overturned; subsequent action and a 61-4 vote by tri-county Dems executive committees put Barnes on the ballot. A Kurita lawsuit in this matter was squelched, but Kurita, who was barefoot after eight hours of on-her-feet politicking, and her ardent supporters, aren’t giving up without one last battle, and it is being waged one voter at a time. Her opponent, Atty. Tim Barnes, had a cadre of campaign workers on the scene as well. His blue “Barnes” signs on the right, Kurita’s red signs on the right, as cars entered and left the plaza lot.

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