Locals react positively to Obama's nomination

June 3, 2008 9:00:00 PM PDT
Obama's presumptive nomination is a moment in history few thought they'd live to see.

People are reacting to the possibility of the nation's first African-American president.

The Bull City is known for its civil rights history so it's no surprise some are called Wednesday Obama Day.

"Absolutely this is an historic day," said Durham resident Angela Huskey. "I am so excited."

The parents of little Juniper Cumming thought it might happen in her lifetime, not theirs.

"I think that this election represents a first step toward that [diverse candidates], both with Barack Obama and Hillary," Gabriel Cumming said.

It's a first step towards the changing face of politics in America.

"People with different perspectives and people with different life experiences have a lot to offer and really should be invited to participate," Durham resident Carla Norwood said.

There's also a little debate over who should join Obama's ticket.

"I'm a North Carolina girl, so John Edwards would absolutely work for me too," Huskey said.

Political consultant Angie Elkins says, "I think he has to have the freedom to choose who he thinks will be best."

Elkins is a former North Carolina super delegate.

In a state usually ignored by democratic presidential candidates, Elkins thinks N.C. is in play, and the voters could make some history of their own.

"I wouldn't say it's going to happen, but i think he's got a better chance than anybody's had since Jimmy Carter," Elkins said.

Elkins says Obama will need an army of volunteers to help him win over N.C. in November. She estimates there's already about 25,000 across the state.


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