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NY: Brooklyn Neigborhood Loves Obama

By Robin Shulman
NEW YORK--By 6 a.m. when the polls opened, more than a dozen people were waiting to vote at Brooklyn Tech High School in the Fort Greene neighborhood, voting officials there said. By noon, with a steady stream of voters coming in and out of the polling station, turnout was more than double what it had been at midday on the last Democratic presidential primary, according to Kea Hodge, a supervisor who has been working polling places for 21 years.

They came in the light rain of a foggy day, and came out smiling. Almost all said they voted for Sen. Barack Obama in informal exit polls over several hours here.

"I've never voted in a primary before," said Litia Perta, 30, a philosophy professor. "Obama made me want to. He sounds more real to me than any politician I've ever heard."

"I feel like I don't really understand the Clintons of this world," said Perta, originally from the District. "For them it's a world with impunity. There's not a lot of personal responsibility."

"To me this is about something larger than just the specific issues they're talking about," said Tai Back, 64, an opera teacher originally from Korea who voted for Obama. "These are issues of global war and peace," he said.

"I was about to vote Clinton," said Kate Daloz, 31, a graduate student originally from Vermont. But she said she watched the campaign descend into Bill Clinton's attacks on Obama, she said, and "Obama stayed above the fray." He won her vote.

Fort Greene, a heavily African-American but also very diverse neighborhood in the 10th Congressional district, is one of the districts Obama supporters have said they have the best chances of winning in the city.

By Washington Post Editor  |  February 5, 2008; 12:28 PM ET
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