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Old stigmas still dog presidential race

  So why won't Hobert Wicker of Sanford, N.C., vote for Barack Obama for president?

   "I guess you might say I'm a little prejudiced," the 68-year-old retired auto dealer explained.

   And why won't Tom Weeks, also of Sanford, vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton?

   "I think Obama is a fine fellow. I think he's smart. And we need a man to lead the country," said Weeks, 67.

   So there you have it: two voters who said what others may think, but dare not say in polite company.

   As Obama and Clinton continue to battle it out for the Democratic nomination, voters like Wicker and Weeks are no doubt among the many factors swaying the results in this historic contest.

   They're also a sign that the Democratic Party could leave this contest divided no matter who wins.

  -- Jerry Zremski   

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