Was it long and drawn out, or an exciting contest? That was the two views voters had about one of the longest presidential primary seasons in history. It is pretty much a mixed bag in terms of reaction. While some say the Clinton-Obama contest has generated a new interest in politics, others say the long primary season took away from the real issues. Since John McCain clinched the Republican nomination in early March, the focus has been Hillary Clinton versus Barack Obama. Clinton entered the race for president in January of 2007, kicking off one of the longest primary seasons our country has ever seen. UNCW International and Public Affairs Chair Roger Lowery said, "It's due to the dynamics of two strong contenders that split the vote. Otherwise it would have ended much sooner, which is the norm." Some voters say, they're feeling the effects of a political hangover from the primaries. Agnes Howard from Chicago said, "They're too long and drawn out. I think we ought to do something like they do in England or Europe -- something like it's six to eight weeks and let it go at that." "I definitely think it was blown out of proportion and it was definitely made to take attention from what the real problems were," said Wilmington resident Beth Bronson. Others say the primaries may have done just the opposite. "It made them sharper. It gave them a real challenge, and they got better at what they were doing. They got to know their schpiel much better. They got to know what they were talking about," said Leland resident Ira Epstein. A long campaign generated a buzz. Enough buzz to spark interest in people who otherwise may be a no-show at the polls. Wilmington resident Dixon Stetler said, "I am very excited to be in America right now because we might have a black president, and we might have a woman vice president. How cool is that?" Doctor Lowery also said a long primary season may put the Democratic nominee at a disadvantage. While Clinton and Obama were vying for the party nomination, McCain has set his sites on the general election in November. But, Lowery said there also has been an electricity surrounding the Democratic race so, that may help the party's nominee.
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