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Missouri voter quotes from Tuesday's elections

2:16 PM, Nov 6, 2012   |    comments
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The Associated Press

A selection of Missouri voter reactions at the polls Tuesday.

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"It takes time to turn the country around. It took FDR, what, 12 years?" said John Learned, 54, self-employed Kansas Citian who said he was voting a straight Democratic ticket.

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"I don't like the way Romney comes off. I don't trust him. ... Of course Obama isn't perfect. But considering what he came into four years ago he's done a good job," said Richard Kinsman, 59, a chef at the Kansas City Art Institute.

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"I'm always a fan of going with the evil you know versus the evil you don't know," said Christian Gordon, a 24-year-old Missouri law school student in Columbia, explaining his vote in the governor's race. He said he wasn't thrilled with Gov. Jay Nixon's performance, but he chose the incumbent over Republican challenger Dave Spence.

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"We need a huge change. The change that was supposed to be never happened. The change we need is job creation. Changing the attitude of the world. Keeping God in our lives," said Joan Schnoebelen, 69, a real estate agent from Warson Woods.

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"I think the economy is to do the same thing no matter who is president. The most important things for me are social issues, the environment, foreign policy, and I believe Obama is better on those issues," said George Stair, 72, of St. Louis, who owns an apartment building.

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"I'm hoping for a better change ... It seems like everything is going downhill," said Blake Bopp, a 28-year-old electrical lineman from Jefferson City who voted for Romney and other Republicans, citing frustration over Obama's health care law and the federal bailout of the auto industry.

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"I voted for President Obama because I feel that's the only way I'd be protected as a woman. I don't agree with anyone who changes their mind in the middle of a sentence, and Romney has gone there. I'm just saying Obama was able to show himself as a person and everyone else was overly scripted," said Rose Johnson, 23, of Kansas City, Mo., who works in background checks.

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"Things are never going to be like the way they were. We lost a lot of jobs - those jobs are not going to come back. It doesn't make any difference who's in office, he's not going to create any more jobs than the present sitting president. ... It's not (Obama's) fault, he didn't have a dang good thing to do with it," said James Mulewee, a 70-year-old part-time chemist for the state Department of Agriculture.

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"I didn't like some of his statements. I'm specifically referring to the comment about how a woman's body can shut down her reproductive system when she's getting raped. It's just outlandish. I don't know where you would even get such an idea from. Someone in that position, I feel, should have some type of education," said Cosandra Watson, 51, a computer analyst from Jefferson City.

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"I know what he meant. This other guy from another state, he did kind of the same thing. I know what he meant," said Barbara Herring, 64, of Jefferson City, explaining her vote for Todd Akin in the U.S. Senate race.

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"I was going to give him the benefit of the doubt that perhaps he misspoke, and I believe in his ultimate beliefs - the right to life and the just the general attitude of the Republican Party," said Erica White, 39, a Jefferson City nurse who voted for Akin.

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