Tennessee Early Voting Ends as Candidates Make Appearances

The final day of early voting comes as candidates in the GOP primary are becoming more active in the state. Turnout has been picking up in most counties since polls opened nearly two weeks ago.

Voting is lopsided toward the GOP in many counties. Of the nearly 4,000 early voters in Williamson County, only 122 had cast a ballot in the Democratic primary, in which President Obama is the only choice.

Voting early in Montgomery County, real estate agent Leah Colclasure says she’s not in love with any one candidate, but former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is her pick.

“I feel like he has broader views on issues, and that’s important to me. I don’t like somebody who has a narrow viewpoint.”

Still Yolanda Morrissette and her 18-year-old son made sure to make it to the polls for President Obama.

“I think he needs another term. He’s doing a good job, and I want him to continue.”

A handful of counties have seen strong turnout for the Democratic Primary, including Warren County. But even Democratic-leaning Memphis has seen more Republican voters at this point.

On this final day of early voting before next Tuesday, some counties have extended hours. In Nashville, polls close at 7 p.m.

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