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Kan. voter quotes from Tuesday's elections

Associated Press Modified: November 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm •  Published: November 6, 2012
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A selection of Kansas voter reactions at the polls Tuesday.

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"The last four years Obama made promises — and he hasn't kept them with the debt and job growth. Obama and the Democrats — they had their chance. It is time for a change," said Taylor Weaver, a 21-year-old Andover technical designer who voted a straight Republican ballot.

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"I'm just ready for a change. ... It's tougher for me, personally. The economy has not improved," said Jim Clark, a 42-year-old computer administrator from Topeka who lost his full-time job two years ago and has worked temporary assignments since.

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"The Legislature in Kansas is already so Republican, and in the primary all the moderates lost their elections to ultra conservatives. I don't want our Legislature to be so far to the right. Then Brownback can do what he wants with taxes and school funding. I don't agree with what Brownback is doing," said Ben Garber, 35, a Republican sales and marketing employee from Overland Park.

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" If they had a 'D' by their name, that's who I voted for. I'm a Democrat and I'm a hard core Democrat. It has a lot to do with Brownback. Sebelius is long gone. I don't like the direction the state is going. It's got way too conservative," said Jeff Burr, 57, a Democratic lab technician from Overland Park.

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"It was the lesser of two evils. Some policies I didn't like of Mitt Romney, his religion," said Michael Bell, a 42-year-old accounting supervisor in Wichita who voted for President Barack Obama.

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"I think they probably reflect the values I hold more than the other party. Their policies are better for the economy and I think their policies are better on a presidential level in the world political situation ... in particular related to Israel," said Randy LeDuc, a 55-year-old Wichita business owner who voted a straight Republican ticket.

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"I'm concerned about it. ... I'm concerned for small business. With everyone having to be insured — which I think is a great thing — I just don't know that it's necessarily the right way to go about it," said Cori Watkins, a 36-year-old Topeka legal assistant and registered Democrat who supported Obama in 2008 but voted for Romney this year.

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"I go back to health care reform — no matter which party you have you have to have health care reform," said Marianne Moore, a 47-year-old human resources director in Wichita, who voted a straight Democratic ticket.

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"People do need to be self-sufficient, but the reality is that government exists for a reason ... I think Brownback is reckless. ... I think he puts his personal values above the values of Kansans," said Janel Bowers, chief development officer for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Topeka and a 41-year-old registered Democrat, explaining her vote for Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly of Topeka.

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"I think it's a step toward socialism. It's just another little piece in the socialism puzzle," said Don McCulley, a 75-year-old retired DuPont maintenance supervisor and registered Republican, explaining that the federal health care overhaul factored in his vote.

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"The harder I work, the bigger I build my businesses, the more Republican I get," said Kelly Condray, the 30-year-old owner of an engine-repair shop and landscaping company, saying he doesn't think Obama respects small businesses and voted for Romney.


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