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The biggest prize on Super Tuesday is California, and experts estimate that nearly 20 percent of voters here will be between 18 and 34 years old. Many of these young voters will be going to the polls for the first time. Youth Radio talked to some of them about the upcoming election.

Ms. JESSICA RAY(ph): I'm Jessica Ray. I'm 18. We're at the University of Southern California, and I'm from Temecula. I'm voting for Obama. I registered Democrat, and both my parents are Republicans, but I'm voting for Obama.

Mr. LUIS ROMAN(ph): My name is Luis Roman and I'm 18 years old. I'm a student at East L.A. Community College. For the most part, I guess, the economy and the war is what the main concerns have been. And I feel like it's taking a bigger pull now that technology has been improved, especially with like the YouTube debates as well as more people have access to the Internet and to cable television, so they're able to get a broader sense of the actual election process.

Mr. JOHN PORTER (ph): I'm John Porter. I'm 18 years old. I'm from Orange, California. I'll probably vote with the Republican candidates. I think it's a bit scarier because there are some pretty radical candidates that have a very good chance of winning that can really change the - change the way the country works.

Mr. JACK MARKFORD(ph): My name is Jack Markford. I'm 23 and I'm a grad student at the University of Southern California, originally from Lake Forest, Illinois. It's the first time I've ever cast a vote for someone instead of against someone. I felt like when I voted for Kerry, it wasn't because I liked him but because I just really dislike George Bush.

Mr. IAN LONG(ph): I'm Ian Long. I'm 20 years old, from Orange County. I'm planning on voting for Ron Paul, just because I think he has great ideas about the economy and he's definitely going to get us out of Iraq. And he has a lot of good ideas to try and get the country back on track, which is something that we really need to do.

Mr. ERIC HIDALGO(ph): My name is Eric Hidalgo, and I'm 25 years old. Right now I'm a college student at Pasadena City College. Well, I think one quote that's really stayed in my mind - Barack Obama was talking about how there's a misunderstanding that one minority group can't get along with another, such as African-American and Latinos. And he has said that he himself has seen it happen, that they can and that he's been involved with groups of other minorities. And I believe it myself; I myself have been a part of that fusion.

CHRIS: My name is Chris. I'm 18 years old. I'm from Brawley, California, and I'm at USC right now. Well, this is one of the first elections I've actually kind of paid attention to what's going on, just because I can vote and whatnot. Yeah, I feel really optimistic about it, especially with the candidates, one being an African-American individual and a woman also running. I think it's like a revolutionary election this year, and I think it will be interesting to see when it like unravels.

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COHEN: Those voices were brought to us by Youth Radio. It's a media production company based in Oakland, California.

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