CNN Senior Producer
There's a sense of excitement in Clark County, Nevada, this election day, not only because of the historic nature of the contest, but because there's been a real battle for the state's five electoral votes.
We talked to voters outside a polling location at Basic High School in Henderson, a city neighboring Las Vegas, after they cast their votes in the school's gym.
"This is the biggest moment in my life, and I think there's a lot riding on this," said Ryan Moxley, a 31-year-old maintenance manager who said he voted for Obama. "This is a very historic time and I'm glad to be part of it actually."
81-year-old retiree Daniel Schears expressed a far different opinion. "This is the worst, filthiest election I have ever witnessed," he said, adding that he's been voting since he was 21. "They have lied. They have told all sorts of stories that are not true, and to me, I don't care what side they're on, that's terrible."
"I still don't know what Barack stands for, I have no idea what he stands for," Schears said in explaining why he voted for McCain, and he acknowledged Obama's groundswell of support among younger people. "He's very good as far as getting the younger votes because he's charismatic, and they like that sort of thing. The thing that bothers me is they're still wet behind the ears. They don't know what the politics are all about. "
Billie Jean Hayes, a 25-year-old nursing assistant, said she's voted before but casting her vote for Obama felt different today. In fact, she did not join the more than 46-percent of Nevadans who voted at early voting locations over the past two weeks, because she wanted to cast this vote on election day.
"Usually I see voting as choosing the, how should I say, the better of two evils, but this one seemed pretty easy for me," Hayes said, adding that the issues that resonate with her this election are health care and the economy, especially since the foreclosure rates in Clark County are among the highest in the nation. "We were even pretty close to foreclosure and, just, you know, everyone is feeling it right now. We'd all like a little bit of relief," she said.
Her mother Terry Hayes, a housewife who said her husband is working in Iraq, said she's a registered Republican, voted for President George W. Bush twice, but cast her ballot for Obama today. "I need change," she said.
Some Nevada voters expressed excitement that their state seemed to matter this year, especially with the candidates stumping in Clark County in the last couple days– McCain last night and Obama on Saturday.
"It's been fun in Nevada, we usually don't have a lot of publicity here, but all the candidates have been here lately," said Natalie Kephart, a mother who said she voted for McCain. "My kids are even getting into it and excited about it."
"Often Nevada is kind of overlooked, but I still get out and vote anyway," said Nathan Fairbanks, a 31-year-old high school custodian who said he voted for Obama. "But this time I feel like it could actually be a player in the game, so it's pretty cool."
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