1. Wide pan of American students walking along street in Trastevere neighbourhood of Rome
2. US students at bar near the John Cabot University
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Kristen Mapes, Student from Kansas City:
"Barack Obama. (Q: Why?) Because I see the way that his campaign is going and it really moves people, it inspires people in a way that I have never seen before and it is something that I really want to be a part of."
4. Mid of students at table
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ed Johnson, Student from Park City, Utah:
"I will be voting for Mitt Romney. (Q: Why?) I like his economic policy and how he believes in having little government interference and also I like the idea that when he was governor of Massachusetts even though he disagreed with certain policies he still followed through with them because they were the general will of the people."
6. Mid of students at table
7. Fund-raising party for Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama, organiser Nina Gardner opening bottle of champagne
"We are all here to basically fund-raise money before super-Tuesday, which is a key day for both Obama and Hillary and Edwards and we're hoping to raise a little bit more money to give an influx of cash. We are also here to organise events, we want to make sure that all of us are registered in time, and turn out for our super-Tuesday on February 5th in Rome."
11. Man raising a toast to Obama
12. Wide shot of the Embajadores area of Madrid
13. Various set up shots of journalist Terry Berne
14. SOUNDBITE (English): Terry Berne, Journalist:
"People are very dissatisfied with the direction the country is going in and also recent polls have shown that. And with the war and the economy, they seem to be entering into a recession. So I think everyone is ready for a change even Republicans."
15. Wide of TV presenter Karina Stenquist being interviewed
16. SOUNDBITE (English): Karina Stenquist, TV presenter:
"Hillary seems to be the candidate that media has tapped as the winner. As I have said, I get really frustrated with the media coverage that goes for these foregone conclusions. Sometimes the public fights back, sometimes they fall right into it."
Tuesday sees the busiest primary day in the US presidential election, with voters in a total of 24 US states and American Samoa, as well as Democrats around the globe, casting ballots on what has been dubbed Super Tuesday.
They will take part in a hodgepodge of primaries, caucuses, a state party convention and even Internet voting by Democrats living overseas.
Democrat Barack Obama closed in on Hillary Rodham Clinton's once strong lead going into Tuesday's coast-to-coast presidential primary contests.
Meanwhile, Republican frontrunner John McCain aimed to lock down his party's nomination by squeezing Mitt Romney out of the race.
McCain had a substantial lead in polls on the Republican side, but the Democratic race was far from clear.
Clinton's lead in national polls has narrowed with Obama gaining momentum after his victory in last weekend's South Carolina primary and key endorsements from Senator Edward Kennedy and other high-profile Democrats.
American expatriates who are Democrats can cast their ballots on the Internet in a presidential primary for the first time this year.
Democrats Abroad, an official branch of the party representing overseas voters, will hold its first global presidential preference primary from February 5 to 12, with expatriates selecting the candidate of their choice by Internet as well as fax, mail and in-person at polling places in more than 100 countries.
American citizens living in Europe have not been immune to the excitement being generated across the US.
At a corner coffee bar in the Trastevere neighbourhood of Rome, a group of American students talked about who they would be supporting in the primary.
Kristen Mapes, a student from Kansas city, said she was for Obama because he inspired her.
"I see the way that his campaign is going and it really moves people, it inspires people in a way that I have never seen before and it is something that I really want to be a part of," she told AP Television.
Ed Johnson from Park City, Utah said he would be voting for Romney.
"I like his economic policy and how he believes in having little government interference," Johnson said.
Many of them will be participating via internet in the first global primary.
US citizens wanting to vote online must promise not to vote twice, but can still participate in non-presidential local elections.
Republicans Abroad has operated independently of the Republican Party since 2003, and therefore cannot hold in-person or Internet votes abroad.
In an upscale neighbourhood in the centre of Rome, Obama supporter Nina Gardner held a fund-raising party to give the candidate some extra cash prior to Super Tuesday.
"We are also here to organise events, to make sure that all of us are registered in time, and turn out for our Super Tuesday on February 5th in Rome," said Gardner.
Supporters attending the dinner made a 100 euro (148 US dollar) contribution to the Obama campaign.
According to the International Labour Organisation, 160-thousand Americans live in Italy.
Anthony Sistilly, Chairman of Democrats Abroad Italy, said that 2,200 Americans living in Italy have already subscribed to the Global primaries website and he was expecting more than 3,000 voters.
In Spain, a small expat population has been closely following developments in the race for the presidential candidacy, with Spanish media closely focusing on the Democratic party.
Two US citizens who have been away from their California homeland for years, spoke about how they saw Super Tuesday developing.
Terry Berne, a freelance journalist and translator who has lived in Spain for 25 years, said the economy would be a major issue influencing voters.
"People are very dissatisfied with the direction the country is going in and also recent polls are shown that. And with the war and the economy, they seem to be entering into a recession. So I think that everyone is ready for a change even Republicans," Berne told AP Television.
Karina Stenquist, a student of politics and presenter for a web-based TV station, who has lived in Spain for four years, echoed Berne's view that Americans were ready for change.
"Hillary seems to be the candidate that media has tapped as the winner. As I have said, I get really frustrated with the media coverage that goes for these foregone conclusions. Sometimes the public fights back, sometimes they fall right into it," she said.