"Republicans are more fiscally responsible," said the retired state workplace safety worker. "I don't think you should borrow and spend borrowed money."
But fellow Glastonbury resident Jennifer Vigue supported Obama, Murphy and other Democrats. She said Obama "needs more time to do what he needs to do."
"When he got into office, we were caught up in a lot of different things, with the wars and the way the economy was," said Vigue, 42, a school bus driver and customer service worker. "I think he just needs a little more time."
National Republicans and Democrats were battling over two of the state's five U.S. House seats.
Republican state Sen. Andrew Roraback and Democratic former state Rep. Elizabeth Esty were vying to win northwestern Connecticut's 5th Congressional District seat, now held by Murphy. In the 4th District, which includes wealthy Fairfield County, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Himes faced a challenge from Republican Steve Obsitnik.
Also seeking re-election were Democratic U.S. Reps. John Larson, Joe Courtney and Rosa DeLauro.
All the state's legislative seats were up for grabs, with Democrats expected to retain majorities in the House and Senate. Voters were also deciding local ballot questions on municipal spending proposals.
Some voters said they were glad the election was nearly over, because they were tired of all the negative political ads.
Paul Kubala, 71, of Columbia, would not say how he voted. The retired lab analyst for a wastewater treatment plant said the ads in the U.S. Senate race were "disgusting, absolutely disgusting."
"You got this Linda McMahon and this Chris Murphy and even the president and this other guy, all they do is just go back and forth slinging mud at each other," he said. "Tell me what you really did positively and what you are going to do."
Associated Press writers Pat Eaton-Robb in Columbia, Susan Haigh in Norwich, John Christoffersen in Fairfield and Michael Melia in Hartford contributed to this report.