Tuesday, September 1, 2015

In Jenkintown: Steady stream for Obama

Jeff Gammage reports:

In Jenkintown: Steady stream for Obama

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Jeff Gammage reports:

10:16 a.m.

In tony Jenkintown, a polling place line that stood 70 strong as voting began had vanished by 10 a.m., replaced by a steady stream of voters who arrived in twos and threes, most of them ready to vote for Obama.

"It's all this, 'I hate George Bush. I'm going to shoot myself in the foot, but I'm going to get back at George Bush,' " said GOP pollworker Richard Bourbon, facing an uphill fight.

The McCain-Palin button on his shirt stood out in a sea of buttons and stickers for Democratic candidates. He pronounced McCain's chances in Pennsylvania "a lot better than in this ward. This is dedicated Democrats down here."

About 860 people are registered at the Jenkintown Elementary School polling place, and by 10 a.m., nearly 220 had voted. The normal trickle of six to ten absentee ballots had swelled to more than 50.

"It tells me that everyone who can vote will vote," said Democrat Chuck Whitney.

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