From Brandywine to Delmar, Republicans and Democrats throughout the First State went to the polls Tuesday to choose candidates for the November presidential election.
Democrats were to choose between Hillary Clinton, Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente and Bernie Sanders, while GOP voters had their choice of their party’s three active candidates, Ted Cruz, John Kasich or Donald Trump. Former candidates Jeb Bush, Ben Carson and Marco Rubio still are on the ballot.
A steady stream of voters went in and out of the Hartly fire hall, where Don and Georgia Bullis cast their votes shortly after the polls opened at 7 a.m.
“This is our civic duty,” Georgia Bullis said. “Even if you don’t like the candidates, you still have to vote.”
“If you don’t, then you shouldn’t complain,” Don Bullis added.
Both said they voted for businessman Donald Trump.
“Our country is in such a mess,” Don Bullis said. “There are so many issues at stake. If we don’t do something now, who knows if it ever will get better.”
Although they support the front-runner, they missed his April 22 appearance in Harrington.
“I would have loved to have seen him, but we don’t do crowds anymore,” Georgia Bullis said.
Wayne and Diane Rash, also of Hartly, were there early. It was Diane Rash’s first time voting in a primary.
“There have been so many wrongs done, we need someone to get in there and do something right,” she said.
At the Fred Fifer Middle School in Camden, Tammy Garland of Hartly said voting in the primary was a very important part of her civic duty.
She makes it a point to vote every time there is an election, she said.
“If I don’t vote, I can’t complain,” she said.
A registered Democrat, she cast her vote for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Garland sees the upcoming 2016 presidential contest as critically important.
“I don’t want Trump to be president,” she said simply. “It’s vitally important for the direction of this country.”
Fred and Marilyn Campanola of Dover agreed the country needs a change, but for different reasons.
“With the issues this time, and what we’ve lived through in the last eight years, it’s time to get us back as a world leader and get our economy going.”
Delawareans are heading to the polls today for the state's presidential primary, alongside others in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland and Connecticut.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for registered Democrats and Republicans who want to cast a ballot for their preferred presidential nominee. For more information, visit the Department of Elections website http://elections.delaware.gov/index.shtml
Need to know where to vote? Go to https://ivote.de.gov/voterpoll.aspx