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Early voting draws 1,000

ALBANY -- With early voting now over for the 2012 Presidential Preference Primary, elections, officials say that more than 700 people voted early in-person while another 300 requested absentee ballots to be mailed out.

This year, voters had 21 total days of early voting, including the first-ever statewide Saturday voting, to cast ballots for their preference in the presidential primaries.

Voting is now closed until Tuesday when all precincts around the county will open at 7 a.m., elections officials say.

The elections office downtown, where early voting was held, will be open for business but will not be a voting site Tuesday. No voting will be conducted today.

Heading into "Super Tuesday," the day in which 10 states will decide which presidential contenders get their delegates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has a lead over former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

After wins in Wyoming, Arizona and his home state of Michigan, Romney leads the GOP field with 182 delegates.

Santorum is second with 79 delegates, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia at 39. Rounding out the list of viable GOP contenders is U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who has 38 delegates.

President Obama has no opposition and is the only name that will appear on Democratic ballots in Georgia on Tuesday.

In order to win the Republican presidential nomination, a candidate must get the nod from 1,144 delegates.

In all, the 10 Super Tuesday states will have 437 GOP delegates up for grabs. Nearly half of those -- 200 delegates -- will come from the three biggest states involved in Tuesday's voting -- Georgia (76), Ohio (66) and Tennessee (58).

The Georgia Secretary of State's Office reported Friday that more than 140,000 ballots had been cast early statewide in Georgia. Of those, 116,800 were cast in person and 24,246 were mail-out ballots that were requested.

The state is particularly important to Gingrich, who once represented its 6th Congressional District. He has said that Georgia's delegates are crucial to the future of his campaign, but stopped short of saying a loss here would force him out of the contest.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 1 month ago

Obama fans want NEWT to win....LETS GO NEWT!!! LETS GO NEWT!!! .....

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LuLu 2 years, 1 month ago

Coach, can I ask -- What exactly is it about Obama that you like? What has he done that makes you want to give him another four years? I'd really like to know. I mean.. would you go out and campaign for him? What would you say to doubters to convince them to vote for him?

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Somebody 2 years, 1 month ago

What exactly does coach like about Obama? He's Black! Nothing more than that Obama is Black.

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LuLu 2 years, 1 month ago

No. I'm sure that's not it. Anyone with half a brain knows you don't give someone your one precious vote just because of his or her personal appearance. Maybe sixth grade homecoming queen or something like that, but not adult Americans who are selecting the best possible person to lead our country! Surely coach has real, adult reasons for supporting him. Like his record, for instance. Or his ideology. But as one of the very few Obama supporters I've talked with, I'm interested to know exactly why coach would give him his vote. If coach owned, say, a billion-dollar corporation, wouldn't he hire the very best person he could find to run it for him? He wouldn't hire just any old body to run his empire just because he was black, or tall, or had nice hair, or something silly like that. Coach? Convince me to vote for him, please!

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VSU 2 years, 1 month ago

I dis-agree! There were people that voted for Obama last time who didn't know anything about him, other than that he was black. One joker thought Sarah Palin was Obama's running mate.

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LuLu 2 years, 1 month ago

Psst -- I was being sarcastic. Guess I should have put a ; )

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 1 month ago

okay smarty pants.......chew on these reasons why a normal person would vote for OBAMA...... 11. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration 12. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date 13. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren’t even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan 14. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research 15. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research 16. New federal funding for science and research labs 17. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards 18. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect 19. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools 20. New funds for school construction 21 The prison at Guantanamo Bay is being phased out 22. US Auto industry rescue plan 23. Housing rescue plan 24. $789 billion economic stimulus plan

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 1 month ago

Here's 9 reasons ....chew on these for a while...

  1. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending
  2. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices
  3. Instituted enforcement for equal pay for women
  4. Beginning the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq
  5. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB 6 Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information
  6. Ended media blackout on covering the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB; the media is now permitted to do so pending adherence to respectful rules and approval of fallen soldier’s family
  7. The White House and federal government are respecting the Freedom of Information Act
  8. Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible
  9. Limits on lobbyist’s access to the White House
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Somebody 2 years, 1 month ago

Thanks Coach, Now I know not to vote for Newt!

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

Newt would rip His Royal Majesty a new one in a debate. His Royal Majesty would not know whether to spit or howl at the moon after about 20 minutes.

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dingleberry 2 years, 1 month ago

Can you imagine a Newt/Obama debate--with no teleprompters? But back to early voting. I surely hope we aren't putting a lot of money into such efforts. I don't see the payoff, particularly for the Saturday effort.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 1 month ago

Newt would not stand a chance....McCain would eat Newt up.....thats why he didnt even run in 08'.....Obama ate McCain alive.....no contest......So, Newt can forget it.....

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VSU 2 years, 1 month ago

A vote for Obama is a vote for anti America. Any person who trully loves this country would not vote for Obuma.

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LuLu 2 years, 1 month ago

Coach seems to have disappeared.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 1 month ago

You guys must not have read all the million accomplishments of Obama I posted on a older post...I hate to re-post.....but I will if it will help you understand why our President is doing a great job considering his opposition and their efforts to stop him......

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