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Mom's the Word at Coleytown

It was a battle of the moms this afternoon at Coleytown Middle School as Erik Fitzgerald, son of Republican state House candidate Nitzy Cohen, and Cybil Steinberg, mother of Democratic state House candidate Jonathan Steinberg, greeted voters on their way to the polls.

"I hope you vote for my mom," Erik politely told voters as they walked toward the school gym.

About 10 feet away from Erik, Cybil delivered a similar message.

"Vote for Jonathan Steinberg: I'm his mom," she said with a smile to passersby.

Although many voters smiled and kept walking, Erik said that throughout the day, many people responded with an "I will" or told him they voted for his mom.

"I'm getting very positive vibes," said Erik, who has been at Coleytown all day. "I'm pretty confident here. At one point, there were six people from Steinberg's team and [for Nitzy], it was just me, and I still felt confident."

Erik said he's feeling good about his mom's chances because in 2008 she received 42 percent of the votes. And from what he has seen, voter turnout this time around is even better.

"There's been a really high turnout—it's surprisingly high," Erik said. "But you never know with these elections. I hope we get favorable results."

Likewise, Cybil received affirmation from some voters on their way in or on their way out from the polls. And like Erik, she said she was pleased with turnout.

"I really am enthusiastic about the democratic process," Cybil said. "I used to do this [campaigning for Jonathan] for the RTM and you see people walking in from all walks of life: it's wonderful. It restores my faith in this democratic privilege. And if they say they are going to vote for Jon, that's all the better."

By 4 p.m., moderator Elliott Netherton estimated that about 1,600 people, about 38 percent of the district's voters, had cast ballots. He was projecting a turnout of 58 percent by the end of the day.

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