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Iowa voter comments on Election Day

Associated Press Modified: November 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm •  Published: November 6, 2012

— Hannah Risinger, 19, Drake University student, Des Moines

Risinger said she voted for Romney because of her concern about the economy.

"My older brother graduated three years ago with a degree in chemical engineering and is a waiter at a restaurant," Risinger said. "That's upsetting to me and is a concern to me."

Risinger is originally from suburban Chicago but opted to vote in Iowa because she thought her vote would matter more in the battleground state.

Although she voted for Romney, who opposes gay marriage, Risinger voted to retain Wiggins.

"I am pro-gay marriage," she said. "I know that it's legal here in Iowa and I'm hoping that will spread."

— Sonya Kuenzi, 31, insurance company worker, Des Moines

Kuenzi says she voted for Mitt Romney because "we just need a change. I don't like the way things are going right now."

She said she voted to retain the supreme court judges. "I support gay marriage. I think everybody has the right, even if not marriage, a civil union."

— Sharon Malheiro, 55, lawyer, Des Moines

Malheiro said her biggest issue in the presidential race was same-sex marriage. She supports Obama's stand that gay marriage should be legal.

"He supports my right to be married and thinks that all people should have the same access to the same rights and privileges," she said.

Malheiro acknowledged the presidential campaign has been difficult for a nearly evenly divided nation.

"It's been pretty heated at time. There's been a lot of unfriending on Facebook that maybe will be refriended after the election."

— Norma Bettis, 77, travel company owner, Des Moines

Bettis voted for Romney because she agrees with him on social issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion as well as economic policy.

"I'm not especially for spreading the wealth," she said.

Asked how she felt about the intense atmosphere during the long campaign, Bettis said, "I'm just glad it's over."

— Sarah Giles, 89, retired, Williamsburg

Giles said she was a strong supporter of Romney.

"When he says he's going to make America wonderful again, he's speaking my lingo. My love for this country goes deeper than anything," she said. "I'm just praying that America has one more chance to get it right. This election is critical, with a big C."

— Jay Doehrmann, 46, grocery store worker, Williamsburg

Doehrmann credited Obama or trying to help the economy and killing Osama bin Laden

"He got bin Laden killed and out of power," he said. "And he's trying to get people back to work. It's a long process and it can't happen overnight."

— Gerald Stokes, 73, retired, Des Moines

Stokes said he voted for Romney because he thinks the Republican would help small businesses and could better handle issues involving taxes and the national debt.

"I like his policies on the economy and jobs."

Asked about the campaign, Stokes said, "It's horrible. A lot more intense. A lot more advertising. A lot of negative"

— Amos Holt, 39, Des Moines

Hold said he voted for Obama because "he is more in tune with more of the regular people."

If Romney were elected, he said, "I think it will be more for the rich people."

Holt said he has children and thinks Obama is more concerned with the welfare of children.

"I think that Barack Obama is more in tune with people with young kids because he has two daughters himself and he wants to make sure that they have a safe environment when they get older and that it's economically sound."