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Obama Gets Popular Vote At Las Vegas Polls

Lauren Foliart |
November 6, 2012 | 4:22 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter


Clark County residents in North Las Vegas hit the polls at Cheyenne High School (Lauren Foliart)
Clark County residents in North Las Vegas hit the polls at Cheyenne High School (Lauren Foliart)
LAS VEGAS -- Robert Garza, 19, grinned as he walked out of the polls at Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas. He had just voted in his first presidential election--he voted for President Barack Obama.

"I feel good about it," Garza said.  "I knew all along I'd vote for him."

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Only a few hours till the polls close in Nevada and President Barack Obama remains the predicted winner of the Silver State battleground.  

Sweeping the state in polls taken from early voting, the incumbent president is being asked by voters like Garza to bring back his pledge for change to the oval office for four more years.

"I hope he helps and does what he promised four years ago," Garza said.

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Eddie Martinez, 43, likes that the president is standing behind his beliefs unlike his opponent Republican Mitt Romney. Martinez says he listened to both parties during election season.  

Once registering as an Independent, then listed "accidentally" as a Republican after a change of address, Martinez says he just votes how he wants. Today, he voted for Obama.

"I honestly listen to both sides," Martinez said. "But hearing Romney say one thing and then change it - I don't like that."

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For Clark County in southern Nevada, this election season will be defined not by the presidential race, but by the initiative of Latino voters and organizations in support for President Obama. 

Latino voter registration went up by 18,067 this election year, reaching 120,547 in Clark County - the area including Las Vegas.  


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