Early voting continues in crucial swing state North Carolina

Posted at 3:02 PM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 16:47:16-04

CURRITUCK COUNTY, N.C. - Voting brought some a sense of relief on Monday.

"There's been a lot of controversy in our family. It's been divided, but I think in the end we’re going to have a better country," said Susan Manolas after voting early in person.

So far, more than 6,000 people have voted early in the county, representing about 30% of eligible voters.

In 2016, President Trump easily carried the county. He won the state and the presidency.

Manolas is backing President Trump in this election. "We just believe this country is heading in a different direction, and the current sitting president I think has done a great job," she said. "I'd like to see what else he can do to make keep America great."

Others are throwing their support behind Joe Biden. "I'm voting for Biden," said a voter named Ellis Ferebee. "We need a change."

A recent CBS News poll says Biden has a four-point lead over Trump, but voters here understand it's close.

"This vote is very important for our family," said Manolas.

"Everybody's voice needs to be heard because we need to stand up," said Ferebee.

Other important races are also on the ballot here, including governor and U.S. Senate. The CBS News poll says Democrat Cal Cunningham has a six-point advantage over Republican incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis.

Voters also coming out on Monday because it's simply more convenient. "I'm feeling good. Feeling good that I was able to get my voice out there with who I wanted in this year for the elections," said Myra Loitsch.

Early voting ends here on Saturday with Election Day now next week.

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