'Acela Primary': Voters Hit The Polls In 5 Northeastern States Tuesday is the so-called "Acela primary." Voters headed to the polls in five northeastern states and we'll hear from them.
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'Acela Primary': Voters Hit The Polls In 5 Northeastern States

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'Acela Primary': Voters Hit The Polls In 5 Northeastern States

'Acela Primary': Voters Hit The Polls In 5 Northeastern States

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Whether you call it the Acela Primary, the I-95 Primary or Super Tuesday Part Four, people in five states in the Northeast are voting today - Maryland, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware.

KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

We heard from voters today like Bob Vinci, a Bernie Sanders supporter from Middletown, Conn.

BOB VINCI: I voted because I think this is a crucial election. The country could go either way. I believe this is a turning point. I believe I voted for the correct person. We need change. We need - the establishment needs to go.

MCEVERS: Both front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are expected to do well and expanded their delegate leads. And in Newport, R.I., Steven Doroch voted for Trump.

STEVEN DOROCH: I want change. I've had enough of the system the way it works and the way it doesn't work, actually. He's not an insider. He's not a normal person. He's different. He doesn't belong to the status quo.

CORNISH: Alice Cross of Barrington, R.I., told us she wanted to vote for John Kasich in the GOP primary but couldn't because she was a registered Democrat.

ALICE CROSS: I'm fine with Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, but I wanted to make my vote against Trump. Alas and alack, I couldn't do that.

CORNISH: In the end, she says she voted for Hillary Clinton.

MCEVERS: Jim Marcil was volunteering for the Sanders campaign, and he spent a rainy morning holding an umbrella for voters outside of a Pawtucket polling station.

JIM MARCIL: You know something. I've always voted in all the elections, whether it's a primary or whatever. This time I really have the passion for it because Bernie gives us all that passion, the chance that finally a working person can actually get somewhere.

CORNISH: We'll be following results from Rhode Island and all the states in play today. Stay tuned for special coverage of today's primaries later tonight on many NPR stations and online at elections.npr.org.

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