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Voters Narrow Their Choices as Virginia Primary Approaches

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As Virginia voters ramp up for Tuesday’s primary, Democratic candidates are making the rounds.

Senator Bernie Sanders was in Richmond Thursday. 

Sanders drew a crowd.  And it often chanted "Bernie, Bernie." But not all of them were decided voters. VCU student Kya Williams is still making up her mind. Her priorities are health care reform and education funding.  “I should just do more research before I can make a final decision and commit to somebody," Williams admitted. "Just in case. Because you know it’s a really big decision and I want to be sure of it before I vote. But yes I think on Tuesday I’ll be like 100-percent like ‘OK. I’m pleased with my decision, this is my candidate. Let’s go.’” 

Sanders isn’t the only Democratic presidential candidate still trying to convince those last minute voters. Senator Amy Klobuchar is expected in Richmond this weekend, and former Vice President Joe Biden in Norfolk next week.

Virginia is one of 14 states holding primaries Tuesday.  “They don’t call it Super Tuesday for nothing,” Democrat Charles Williams joked.  Williams said voting in this primary is critically important. “I want to register my opinion and what little support I can be.”

If the number of absentee ballots already cast are any indication, then tens of thousands of Virginians feel the same.

Any registered voter is eligible to participate in the Democratic presidential primary.Click here to check your registration and polling location.  Virginia Republicans have opted not to hold a primary.

This report, provided by Virginia Public Radio, was made possible with support from the Virginia Education Association.

Mallory Noe-Payne is a Radio IQ reporter based in Richmond.
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