What South Dakota voters say about 2012 races

Associated Press Modified: November 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm •  Published: November 6, 2012
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— "You don't take the general out of the Army just because he hasn't accomplished everything," said Darrell Duplex, 57, a Sioux Falls truck driver and veteran of Desert Storm who said Obama needs four more years to get the job done.

— "The repeal of Obama-care is important," said Tim Rabb, 53, a Sioux Falls chiropractor who voted for Romney for president.

— "I do believe teachers' pay should be based on how good a teacher they are, rather than how many years they've been there," said Christy Burrows, a 35-year-old hospital worker from Tea, explaining why she supports a ballot proposal for teacher merit pay.

—"I think if you're elected to that office, it's a requirement for you to attend those meetings, to listen to the debate," said Ryan Keller, a 32, an unemployed banker from Tea, explaining that he voted against U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem because she skipped some congressional committee meetings.

— "When people are dishonest with men, it turns me off," said David Ballman, 51, an engineer from Tea who voted against the proposed sales tax increase because it was promoted mostly as a funding source for schools, with little mention in the campaign that half of the extra money would go to Medicaid.

— "It's a small price to pay for improving those programs," said Chad Hank, 39, an insurance manager from Tea who supported the sales tax increase for education and Medicaid.

— "I just think it might be good to get some fresh faces, some new ideas," said Jessica Heins, 36, a Tea nurse who voted for Romney for president.

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