Sunday 25 September 2016

Super Tuesday comes to Dublin for US vote

Published 02/03/2016 | 02:30

Lydia Di Perrio from Massachusetts, but living in Swords in Dublin, casts her vote for the US Presidential Primary elections, operated by Democrats Abroad in the Arlington Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Lydia Di Perrio from Massachusetts, but living in Swords in Dublin, casts her vote for the US Presidential Primary elections, operated by Democrats Abroad in the Arlington Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Hundreds of Americans living in Ireland yesterday queued at the Arlington Hotel in Dublin to cast their vote in the US Presidential Primary elections.

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As 12 US states headed to the polls on Super Tuesday, Democratic voters on this side of the Atlantic also had their say in who should be in the race to take over from Barack Obama at the White House next January.

Just like back home, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were battling it out to get their name on the ballot paper at the polling station hosted by Democrats Abroad, the official branch of the Democratic Party for US citizens living outside the US.

Democrats Abroad chairperson TJ Mulloy told the Irish Independent: "Turnout's been fantastic and our registrations are through the roof.

"Everyone thought Hillary Clinton was the inevitable candidate, but [Sanders] is driving the conversation to a place where a lot of people prefer.

"I think online voting is driving interest.

"It's a real race again - it's like 2008. We thought that would be once in a generation. Who could have thought eight years later there'd be another really tight race?"

He added: "Bernie Sanders' supporters are really passionate, and the Clinton people are reacting to that. Meanwhile, everyone's scared of Trump."

The organisation is set to operate an additional poll at Monroe's Tavern in Galway on Saturday. And those US citizens unable to attend in person can cast ballots by email or post before March 8.

Irish Independent

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