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First-time Presidential voter calls experience 'powerful'

CREATED Nov 5, 2012

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MADISON - While some people already voted, others are casting ballots for the first time.

"This is my first election," said Michaela O'Neil, a student from Waukesha who attends at UW-Madison.

She told TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady that she's looking forward to casting her first ballot tomorrow.

"It's very powerful," said O'Neil, who says she'll be voting for President Barack Obama.

"I'm so excited to see him speak in person.  I've seen him so many times on television, and it's always powerful to me."

She and her sister Megan Estrada stood in line since 3:00 a.m. Monday to hear him speak in Madison, on the final day of campaigning.

They agree with Mr. Obama's views on women's rights, gay rights and education - enough to make her go to the polls.

"It kind of makes you feel powerful.  You have a stand.  You have a voice."

The race in Wisconsin appears much closer this year than in 2008, when Mr. Obama won by double digits.

That may explain his three stops to Wisconsin over the final five days.