Voters in four states headed to the polls Tuesday in large numbers, knowing that the results could be pivotal in both the Democratic and Republican presidential races.
NPR asked voters in three of the states — Ohio, Texas and Vermont — which candidate they supported and why. Voters also went to the polls in Rhode Island.
Ben Reavis, Dallas, Texas
Reavis typically votes for Republicans but has opted to support a Democrat in this primary. He likes both McCain and Obama, he says, because neither falls in line with his party's views.
Daryl Manning, Cleveland, Ohio
Manning is registered as a Democrat and says he wants a candidate to focus on the economy and education. In this primary, he supported the candidate who he thought most represented change. He says the country has had enough of the Bushes and Clintons.
Ruth and John Ziske, Barre, Vermont
The Ziskes voted Republican. They told NPR they wanted someone with experience — both as a politician and in Washington, D.C. They also said they believe the Republicans have better ideas than the Democrats.
Wayne Garcia, Dallas, Texas
Like many voters, Wayne Garcia says he is looking for change. For him, that would mean voting a woman into the White House.
Beth Walter, San Antonio, Texas
Beth Walters is pleased by both Democratic candidates. As a physician, she says, she is particularly interested in the candidates' universal health care plans.
Roy Metcalf, Dallas, Texas
Roy Metcalf voted Democratic because he wants to see a change in Washington. He says he feels disillusioned with politics now and does not want to elect another political insider.
Noreen Jones, Cleveland, Ohio
Jones says she feels energized by this primary and that every vote counts. Issues such as the economy and education lead her to support New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Linda Champany, Barre, Vermont
Champany identifies herself as a Christian and says she wants to elect a politician who will bring godly principles back to the country.
Jeff Harwell, Dallas, Texas
Harwell is a Republican, who voted in the Democratic primary because he would rather see Arizona Sen. John McCain run against New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Aladin Gohar, Columbus, Ohio
Gohar is registered as an independent but voted Democratic in this primary. He wants change, particularly with regard to the war, and says he likes Obama's message of hope.
Donna Barron, San Antonio, Texas
Donna Barron describes herself as a military brat who wants a candidate who is strong on foreign policy, including the Iraq war and Afghanistan.
Reporting done by David C. Barnett, Nishant Dahiya, Terry Gildea, Ross Sneyd and Evie Stone. Produced by Nancy Cook, Josh Figueira and Laurel Wamsley.