Virginia voter comments on Election Day

Associated Press Published: November 6, 2012
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A selection of voter reactions as Virginians went to the polls Tuesday.

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Jill Darden, a 55-year-old Norfolk resident who works for the Norfolk Sheriff's Office, said she cast her ballot for Obama just like she did in 2008, but at one point she considered just not voting for either candidate. She said she thought the president could have been more forceful while he was in office.

"I think I kind of lost hope a couple of years ago and even after the first debate I was pretty depressed," Darden said.

Ultimately, she decided to vote for Obama because of his record on women's issues.

"I've just had it up to here with the other side and women's issues are very important to me. I have a lot of nieces and that's the main reason," she said. "I just think all of them — the contraceptive issues, the Planned Parenthood — there are a lot of people that go to Planned Parenthood because that's all they have."

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Alexandra Ammar, 25, will graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond in December and concern about a career after graduation motivated her to vote for Romney.

"It played a huge role in my decision," said Ammar, a Republican. "I think even more so than the women's rights issues. What's important to me is having a job, being able to easily find a job and having more jobs for everybody in America is really important."

As for Romney, she said. "I think he's very sincere, very genuine. He seems to really care and recognize that people are struggling and suffering and I think he really has a good message for the country moving forward."

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Matthew Brantner, a 26-year-old customer service associate at a suburban Richmond craft store, voted for Obama in both presidential elections.

"I guess he hasn't done a perfect job, but I feel like with Mitt Romney, you don't really know where you stand," she said. "He flip-flops a lot and it just seems he only wants to say what the crowd wants to hear that he's talking to right then."

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In northern Virginia, Falls Church voter Renee Carter, 48, a physician cast her ballot for Obama and Kaine.

She voted for Obama in 2008 as well, but had been willing to consider Romney early on, viewing him as a "centered" candidate. As the GOP primaries wore on, though, she began to view Romney negatively.

She never wavered in her support for Kaine. She moved to Virginia during Kaine's tenure as governor and was impressed with him, particularly by his stance on the death penalty. Kaine, while personally opposed to the death penalty, carried out executions in his term, saying he believed his duty to carry out the law trumped his personal views.

"I could feel how he really thought through the issue," she said.

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Adrian Massie, a 41-year-old civil engineer from Henrico County, voted for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson after having voted for Obama in 2008.

"I didn't see a whole lot of difference between Obama and Romney, so I figure if you can give credence toward a third party, maybe we can get some change in the future. ... It could've gone either way for me. I've thought about this the past couple of days, in four years has my life changed any differently than what it was before, and it really hasn't."

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Chesterfield County resident Danny Broskie, 65, who recently retired from the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, voted for Romney mostly because of social issues.

"I'm just praying for our country because I see it going morally bankrupt," said Broskie, citing gay marriage and abortion as examples.



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