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Musavi supporters hit the highway in Tehran.
Musavi supporters hit the highway in Tehran.
Zahra-hb says word on the street is that enthusiasm and public displays of voter preference are at a fever pitch:

It has become one of my recreational habits as soon as I go out on the road these days to detect all those who have glued candidates' campaign posters on their cars or tied their colors on the antennas of their cars, whether for a walk or a ride. No matter how fast the car passes, I always try to see the driver (believe it or not, I really insist on this) and assess the looks of the driver and his car with respect to his favorite candidate.

I haven't reached any apparent conclusion so far. In fact, sometimes I have been shocked to the utmost! Maybe it was something out of the ordinary in the past, but this time the demands of the middle class of the society have actually changed.

In addition to that, the confidence of the public has increased and they demonstrate more than ever whom they support. What I mean is that among the middle class of the society, caution has declined, and the excitement among people is high as well.

Also, the police are being spotted more scattered across the city, although they don't meddle in the parties and gatherings anymore (believe me!).

Take our street, for instance. Supporters are out on the road and shout slogans of their candidates until two or three in the morning. Sometimes the bad morals of the supporters (or as our television says, "pseudo-supporters") are even demonstrated -- that is, they get into fights with each other.

In all, I can say that this election is a lot different from the previous ones, and it is almost impossible to predict the outcome. It is even difficult to decide which candidate will earn the majority of votes in Tehran.

The only guess I can make is that turnout will be at its peak in this round, and the chances of [the election] going to a second round are very high.

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