Mailbag: Outside Tampa Polls, A Clear Difference

12/04/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

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Nian from Tampa/St. Pete, FL writes:

My wife and i went to the polls on Saturday, November 1st to vote early here in the hotly contested part of Florida (Tampa/St. Petersburg). We got in line around 3:00pm. We were told the wait would be around 2 to 2 and a half hours. The people in line were being handed fliers and information on candidates right away. At first we were unsure how the support of people in line was leaning. But it became quickly apparent that the majority of people in line to vote were there for Obama.

Everyone was pleasant, and friendly and excited to cast their vote. The people outside the line was where it got interesting. People with Obama stickers on their shirts were passing out bottled water, snacks and bringing chairs for people that were having trouble standing for long periods. The McCain supporters outside the line were shouting, and holding signs like "Communist", "Terrorist", "Baby Killer", "Liberals are diseased", etc... The difference was absolutely appalling. We got through the line in a little over 2 hours and it felt great. I would encourage anyone that can go to polling places and assist people in line with water, chairs etc.. to please do so. It was a great help and really spoke volumes about Obama supporters.

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