Experts say the turnout is being driven by
the candidacy of Senator Barack Obama who is vying to become the nation's first
Millions of Americans have already cast
ballots in the U.S. Presidential election in some 32 states which have expanded
traditional absentee rules to allow anyone to go to a polling place and vote
Key pollsters speculate nearly a quarter of all voters might cast ballots
before November 4th, which would be a record. Surveys indicate many of those
voting early are African Americans, many who say they are excited by the
prospect of electing Senator Barack Obama the first African American president.
Meanwhile, a large segment of popular
opinion, across the Middle East, appears to be supporting Democratic U.S.
presidential candidate Barak Obama in Tuesday's contest against Republican John
McCain. But, as Edward Yernanian reports from Cairo, portions of the political
elite in the Gulf, as well as many Christians in Lebanon and Egypt appear to
favor the latter.