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Thousands Show Up In Douglas County For Caucuses

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Nabil Molai

Omaha (KPTM) - You can't call it a record turnout since there's never been a caucus in Nebraska to compare it to.

One Obama supporter says, "This is extremely exciting, just walked over, and to see all the people, just coming to meet in one place and get engaged is really exciting, I think it's pretty neat for Omaha, and the state of Nebraska."

Chanting for change as lines of thousands of people holding signs, filled gyms, hallways, auditoriums, and cafeterias at many of the caucus sites in Douglas County Saturday morning.
Denise Early, Obama supporter says, "We're so excited, making history, this is what it's all about."

The first ever caucus in Nebraska started an hour late due to the unexpected crowds. Thomas Walker, Hillary supporter says, "Those in favor of the motion to elect all participants at this caucus as delegates of the 2008 Douglas County Commission says Aye... Aye."

For the next seven minutes, one supporter from each side tried to sway the other side and especially the undecided.

"We need to make sure that we can nominate from Nebraska Hillary Clinton who can beat any of the Republicans," a Clinton supporter says.

"We need Senator Obama because we believe health care should be affordable for ever single American," an Obama supporter says.

"This is just fantastic, I cannot wait to vote for Hillary," Walker says, "She's got the experience, and knows what she's doing."

Early says, "He's got some powerful messages, he stands for change, we're in need of change, it's time and it's gonna happen."

After most of the undecided made their choices, the counting began. And within a half hour, the results were in at a couple of the sites.  At Western Hills elementary a total of 1,195 ballots were counted, Barack Obama took 979 of the votes.

At North high school 1,953 people participated, and more than 1,860 voted for Obama.

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