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'Enthusiastic' in Sulphur Springs



TAMPA -- Classie McMillen, 28, said she took the day off from her jobs at the Comfort Inn and Dunkin' Donuts to cast her vote for Barack Obama at a polling place in Sulphur Springs. McMillan, who is black, brought her 12-year-old daughter with her to witness "something she can tell her own children and grandchildren about."

McMillan said she was voting for the first time.

"I thought it was going to be a lot more complicated than it was, but it was easy," she said.

Her mother, Michelle McMillen, 52, voted with her. She said she volunteered for the Obama campaign and registered 141 people to vote.

"It will be monumental for us as a country, but also monumental for us as a people," said Michelle McMillan. "It's an enthusiastic moment."

Obama campaign volunteers handed out literature near the George A. Bartholomew North Tampa Community Center. They said the lines never exceeded an hour's wait. By 11 a.m., voters reported wait times of 10 to 25 minutes.

Angie Drobnic Holan, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:39am]


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