Candidates do last minute campaigning

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 3, 2008


Campaign poll watchers and workers received their materials Saturday in Dallas County in preparation for the presidential primaries on Tuesday.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. for voters to cast their ballots.

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Voters must select one of two primaries, Democratic or Republican, in which to vote. If a voter chooses to cast a ballot in a Democratic primary for president, then that voter cannot cross over and vote in the Republican primary.

If a person wants to vote, but is not registered, that person may not participate in the election. Voter registration closed Monday with 58,341 more people registered in the state, according to Ed Packard, Alabama’s interim supervisor of voter registration.

Over the weekend, groups supporting different candidates for the two major parties and the candidates made last-minute appeals to Alabama voters. None of them visited Selma, but some have come as close as 50 miles to the east in Montgomery.

Former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee appeared at Open Door Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, carrying his pro-life message to Republicans who gathered in that area. Later, Huckabee was joined by actor Chuck Norris in Montgomery and the Republican presidential hopeful made a stop in Huntsville.

Former President Bill Cinton also hit the Alabama campaign stump for his wife, Democrat Hillary Clinton. He also stopped in Huntsville, then made his way to Birmingham in the afternoon.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, who spoke at a hotel in downtown Birmingham to counter the “liberal” label given him by talk show hosts Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh.

Today, former Mississippi Gov. Ray Mabus will stump the state with Academy Award winning actor Forest Whitaker for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama’s bid for the Democratic nomination. Mabus leads the Obama drive in Mississippi. Mabus and Whitaker are scheduled to appear together in Birmingham at 1 p.m. at the Obama for America headquarters. Later in the afternoon, Whitaker will make an appearance at the Obama headquarters in Montgomery.

Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney is expected to spend a part of Monday in Alabama to garner support for his campaign. Romeny is scheduled to speak in Birmingham.