(Teresa Williams/Times-Enterprise) Cairo 5 Assistant Poll Managers Lanola S. Dunlap and Betty Ragan stayed busy Tuesday at the Ag Center as citizens turned out to vote in the Presidential Primary Election.

CAIRO — Grady countians got out and cast their ballots during Super Tuesday.

Grady County Superintendent of Elections Sadie Voyles said 37.12 percent of the county’s 11, 579 registered voters participated in its election during the Georgia Presidential Preference Primary.

“That’s great,” Voyles said. “This presidential primary is bigger all over the nation and every state has had a tremendous turnout. I didn’t expect us to be any different.”

Grady countians also picked the same Republican and Democrat candidates as Thomas Countians.

Republican John McCain took in 41.73 percent of the vote with Mike Huckabee close behind at 35.05 percent and Mitt Romney at 20.38 percent.

Democrat Barack Obama won the county with 52.39 percent. Hillary Clinton garnered 40.15 percent.

“It’s what I expected,” Voyles said of the outcome.

Poll workers helped a steady stream of people at local precincts during Super Tuesday.

“The turnout has been good so far,” Cairo 5 Poll Manager J. Paul Forrester said Tuesday morning. “We had a line of 15-20 people waiting here for us when we opened at 7 a.m. It was people trying to vote before going to work. Everyone seems to be pretty jolly and happy.”

Forrester, who has been a poll worker for the last three years, said this is his first presidential primary election.

“Sometimes, like when we have a local runoff, we may get 20-30 people all day, or a larger number for general elections,” he said. “This being a presidential election year, we’re seeing a much larger number of citizens coming out to vote. I think it speaks well of our citizens that they are voting and making their choice.”

Voyles said this turnout could be due to the amount of advertising during the 2008 presidential campaign.

“Local people can’t afford to spend millions of dollars to advertise nor do they have organized campaign committees to this extent,” she said.

Elena Chalchi, clerk, manned the office phones, fielding voters’ questions.

“People seem excited and their main question is ‘Where do I go vote?’” she said. “Other than that, we haven’t had too many people complain. I think it has been split as far as preference. Half go Democrat and half go Republican.”

Forrester said poll workers cannot ask citizens who won their votes, but one Cairo resident had no problem voicing her preference.

“I think Hillary (Clinton) should get it,” Linda Johnson said. “I think a woman in office can bring about some changes we have needed for forever.”

Steve Jenkins, who preferred not to name his candidate, expects a close race this presidential election year.

“I think it will be a close race that will be contested all the way to the end,” he predicted.

Johnson and Jenkins also had views on the presidential candidates’ campaigns.

“I do think they are making too big of a deal out of things,” Johnson said.

Jenkins wishes there was more fact and less gossip.

“I think candidates have probably bickered more than they needed to,” he said. “They should have bickered less and spent more time letting the public know about their moral values and convictions.”

Johnson said she doesn’t stick to one party, either.

“I vote for whom I think is best,” she said. “This time, I think it always takes a Clinton to clean up a Bush.”

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