Alabamans head to the polls for Super Tuesday primaries

It is Super Tuesday across the United States and what happens in primaries across the country Tuesday night could shape the presidential election.

HOMEWOOD, Ala. — It is Super Tuesday across the United States and what happens in primaries across the country Tuesday night could shape the presidential election.

The Georgia primary is still three weeks away, while people in 14 states, including our neighboring state of Alabama, are heading to the polls to pick who they want to be the Democratic presidential nominee.

Channel 2 political reporter Richard Elliot went to Homewood, Alabama, where he found a steady turnout. Homewood is a suburb of Birmingham.

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Elliot said he found just as many Republicans voting as Democrats.

He spoke with voter Lillian Hairston, who showed her support for District Judge Martha Cook. She said voting is critically important to her.

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“It’s really, really important because it does make a difference. It makes a big difference, and this vote here is going to really make a big difference,” Hairston said.

Barbara Weinstein thinks it’s important too, and is proud that Alabama is part of Super Tuesday that include 14 state primaries from North Carolina to California.

President Donald Trump is essentially the only Republican presidential candidate on the ballot and Weinstein told Elliot that’s who she picked, though not in so many words.

“I always vote,” Weinstein said. “I’m very conservative by nature, that kind of gives you a hint,”

Even with the exit of Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar, there are still a number of Democrats running for president.

Depending on what happens on Super Tuesday, some of them may not be around Wednesday.

Hairston told Elliot she is a self-proclaimed hard-core Democrat. She voted for Joe Biden but said she’ll support any Democrat.

“I’m a Democrat, so whoever might, not necessarily be who I would like to be the running candidate, but whoever the party picks, that’s who I’m going to go with,” Hairston said.