Councilman Rice reports ‘brisk’ turnout in West Ward

NEWARK – West Ward Councilman Ronald C. Rice says his ward – overseen for over two decades by his father, state Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Newark)- is performing wellearlyon Election Day.

"We just had our first round of numbers checks,"Rice told

The districts targetedfor "surge" Obama voters are driving the numbers up to best expectations, Rice maintains.

"In district 7, for example, the mark at the end of the day for Gov. Jon Corzine in 2005 was 200 votes at 8 p.m.," said the councilman. "As of noon today, that same district is reporting 92 votes.

"The morning rush was very good in the West Ward," Rice added."I see it as brisk. I believe the Obama 2.0 startegy is working. So far, I'm encouraged and I'm cautiously optimistic." Councilman Rice reports ‘brisk’ turnout in West Ward