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Voters’ common ground covers economy, health

The importance of the issues of this election vary from voter to voter, but voters young and old agree that this election will be different from anything they have seen before.

November 05, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Election 2008


McCain’s veep choice has Republicans buzzing

An excited buzz seems to be swirling around the Republican National Convention even before it gets started Monday in St. Paul, Minn.

November 05, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Election 2008


Groups sign up voters before Monday deadline

Many local political groups spent the weekend scrambling to get just a few more residents registered to vote in time for the Monday registration deadline.

With the election of a new president just 30 days away, it's likely canvassers have knocked on your door or jingled your phone at least once in the past three months. Many wanted to get you registered to vote, others hoped to solidify your support for Republican John McCain or Democrat Barack Obama.

November 05, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Election 2008


Gainesville State makes case for both candidates in student debate

As Republican presidential hopeful John McCain participated in a town hall-style meeting in Scranton, Pa., and Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama gave a speech in Green Bay, Wis., students at Gainesville State College argued the merits of both presidential candidates in a boisterous debate.

November 05, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Election 2008


Upcoming political rallies

March 4 Hope

November 05, 2008 | From staff reports | Election 2008


Feds, lawsuit challenging citizenship checks of Georgia voters

Federal scrutiny of Georgia's voter citizenship verification requests earlier this week was followed on Thursday with a federal lawsuit filed by several voting rights groups saying that the checks first must be approved by the Department of Justice.

November 05, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Election 2008


4,000 in Hall County have already cast votes

More than 4,000 people have voted in Hall County since early voting began Sept. 19, according to the Hall County Elections and Voter Registration Office.

Nearly 3,900 people had voted through Thursday, and as of around 2 p.m. Friday, some 300 more had cast their vote at the elections office on Browns Bridge Road, according to Hall County's interim elections director Charlotte Sosebee-Hunter.

November 05, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Election 2008


Democrats' bus tour stops in Gainesville

Jim Martin and Saxby Chambliss agree on one thing: They both need their supporters to go to the polls.

Martin, an Atlanta Democrat, is challenging Chambliss for his seat in the U.S. Senate.

November 05, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Election 2008


Obama says he'll protect Florida's water resources

Officials with Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama's campaign in Florida on Thursday announced the Illinois senator's support of a plan to protect the Apalachicola Bay in the Florida panhandle. The bay is fed by water from the Flint and Chattahoochee rivers in Georgia.

"As president, I will make protecting Florida's water resources a priority," Obama said in a statement. "Instead of endless lawyering and litigation over the Apalachicola, the Panhandle region needs new national leadership - that's why I'll ask the National Research Council to assess the water supply and recommend the best way to ...

November 05, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Election 2008


Can youth sustain election enthusiasm?

There is no doubt that Georgia's youth are more involved in this year's presidential race than in elections past.

November 05, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Election 2008


A part of history: Local Democrats hope to rub elbows at national convention

For Hall County's two delegates to the Democratic National Convention, meeting personal heroes is high on their wish list of things they hope will happen in Denver.

November 05, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Election 2008


Latino voters will go to area polls in record numbers

As Election Day rolls closer and the margin between presidential candidates narrows, the selection of the next U.S. president could be decided by just a few percentage points.

And as politicians continue to court undecided voters, some groups say candidates may want to focus more on the Latino community.

November 05, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Election 2008


Thousands in area take advantage of early voting

While more than 20,000 voters in Hall and surrounding counties have taken advantage of Georgia's early voting period, there's still time for more people to jump on the bandwagon.

November 05, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Election 2008


State poll has Senate race all tied up

A new poll shows John McCain's lead over Barack Obama is down to 3 percentage points in the presidential race among Georgia voters, with the state's U.S. Senate race in a dead heat.

November 05, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Election 2008


Delegate anticipated hearing from nominee

Josh Turner, chairman of the White County Republican Party, said Thursday he was anxiously awaiting Sen. John McCain's speech Thursday, but was still running on adrenaline from Wednesday night.

November 05, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Election 2008


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