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Early Morning Showers Dampen Not Voter Enthusiasm in City Heights

Today's early morning showers did little to dampen enthusiasm among voters in City Heights. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma was there.

Today's early morning showers did little to dampen enthusiasm among voters in City Heights. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma was there.

Tom Sandler wanted to be the first in line to vote at Euclid Elementary School this morning. He arrived at his polling place at 6:30 a.m. with his wife and two young grandchildren. By 6:45 a.m. There were 20 people behind Sandler. He was not surprised at the early turnout.

Sandler : With what's happening with the economy, with the world, with the war, gigantic decisions. I can't think of in my lifetime a more important decision.

Denise Carter and her 30-year-old daughter, Larye Radley, walked one mile to their polling place before 7 a.m., to as Denise put it, "savor every moment of this day."

Carter : It's big not so much because I'm African-American, but because people are evaluating the candidates based on their issues, based on, I hope, their thoughtfulness, their intelligence and their ability to make a difference on all of the issues before us.

Amita Sharma, KPBS News.