Comments from Oklahoma general election voters

Associated Press Modified: November 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm •  Published: November 6, 2012
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"I don't think Romney has any idea what's going on."

He said he didn't know enough about the congressional candidates to cast a vote.

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Jenifer Peacock, 34, a sales trainer from Moore, said she voted straight Democratic Party ticket because of what she sees as a hostility from Republicans toward women's reproductive rights.

"As a woman, I voted to retain Obama because of everything surrounding women's rights."

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David Ellis, 34, federal contractor from Moore who said his family also owns a small cleaning business, said Tuesday was his first time ever to vote in any election and that he cast his ballot for Romney.

Ellis said he's most concerned that the new federal health care law would negatively affect the business.

"It's a big thing for us," Ellis said. "If we have to pay more that could affect a lot of people in my family and people in my church that work for our business."

Ellis also voted for a state question that would change how the Oklahoma Department of Human Services is governed.

"There has been a lot of bad press for DHS, and I think it's time to get in there and reform that agency."

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Martha West, 63, who works in human resources said after voting in Tulsa that she cast ballots for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and GOP congressional candidate Jim Bridenstine. West said Romney has more conservative values, although he was not her first choice as a candidate.

"As I got to know him, I thought his values reflected more of what the country stood for."

She said choosing Bridenstine over Democratic nominee John Olson was difficult because both are military veterans but believes Bridenstine is more conservative.

"There really wasn't much that separated the two."

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Emily Colburn, 33, an oil and gas company employee voted for President Barack Obama and Democratic congressional nominee John Olson because of their stances on women's issues.

"It was the year for women's issues and those are what most matters to me, as a woman."

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Sean Teague, 31, an insurance adjuster said his votes were for Obama and Olson.

"Obama did a really good job navigating us through the mess that was left behind when he got in."

Teague said he chose Olson because Bridenstine was aligned with the Tea Party.

"I don't like the Tea Party."

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Alice Johnson, 51, a nurse who voted for Romney and Bridenstine, saying Romney is better suited to run the country than Obama.

"You can't do any worse."

Johnson said she voted for Bridenstine because he's a Republican.

"I didn't vote Democrat then (in the last election) and I didn't vote Democrat today."

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Brian Maher, 44, Tulsa, assistant plant manager said he voted only in the local races, ignoring the presidential contest.

"I didn't care for either one of them (Obama or Romney) ... I really can't go for Romney, there's no trust there."

He voted for Bridenstine because of party affiliation

"I tend to vote Republican."

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John Tyler, 68, small business owner, said he is a registered Democrat, but cast his ballot for the Republican Romney.

"I think he's a person that can move us along because we're in bad shape as a nation."