[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/11/04/art.vote.signs.jpg]Joe Johns | Bio
I really wasn't ready for what I saw when I pulled up a little bleary-eyed at Richard Bowling Elementary School in Norfolk.
It was pouring rain, and the polls weren't set to open for another 30 minutes or so.
There was no place to park.
Standing room only on the sidewalk.
Umbrellas, raincoats, hoodies.
There was a line of 200 to 300 people waiting for the polls to open so they could vote.
And through the morning it stayed steady.
We're talking about 18-year-olds and senior citizens, students and retired people. People headed to work.
So many of them were talking about history – many wanted to see Barack Obama the first black president.
One man said the rain wasn't bothering him but I think he was in the minority.
Interesting to find out how the new voters got registered.
– The DMV;
– Somebody walking through the neighborhood at the last minute;
– One guy, 23 years old, said people on campus at Norfolk State got him registered.
This was a pro-Obama crowd.
I asked one man and woman if they ever thought they'd see the day when a black man was on a major presidential ticket.
Both said no, one of them adding, "I never thought I'd see the day but it's here. It's here."
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