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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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"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.