Georgia voters share their thoughts on Super Tuesday

Georgia voters share their thoughts on Super Tuesday

March 6th, 2012 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

Poll worker, Dollie Scott, center, points the way for voters who cast their ballots on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at E. Rivers Elementary School, in Atlanta. Republican Presidential candidate Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was favored to win in Georgia on Tuesday, but his rivals have spent time and resources in the state, hoping to grab a share of the state's 76 delegates.(AP Photo/Atlanta Journal & Constitution, John Spink)

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Here's a roundup of what some Georgia voters had to say on Super Tuesday as they cast their ballots in the GOP presidential primary:

Lori Thompson of Sharpsburg moved to Georgia from Alabama 17 years ago to take a job as an elementary school teacher. In recent years, she has seen many of her colleagues lose their jobs, the result of budget cuts in a down economy.

The recession hit even closer to home when her husband was out of work for two months after losing his banking job in 2008. He now works for the federal government.

Thompson said she cast her ballot for Newt Gingrich because she believes he shares her values and principles, and can get the economy back on track.

"There are people who are skilled and hardworking and want to have jobs, and they just can't get them," said the 39-year-old mother of two. "Newt's going to be able to help stimulate the economy. He has a solid plan for doing that. I believe that he is positioned to lead this country and turn around our economic situation."

She does not feel the same about Mitt Romney, whom she described as "disconnected from mainstream America."

"His wife can say it as much as she wants to, but they are extremely wealthy," Thompson said, referring to Ann Romney's recent comment that she doesn't consider herself wealthy. "He really doesn't have a good sense of what middle America wants."

Charles Duvall, 23, of Atlanta said he voted for Romney because he supported the tax policies of the former Massachusetts governor. He also said Romney is the most electable candidate.

Duvall works in the financial industry and said his clients are deeply concerned about tax rates.

"I feel like he's got the best chance of all the candidates," said Duvall, who spoke just after leaving a polling station in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood.

Gail and Pope Jones, both 62, voted for Gingrich at a polling place in Buckhead, saying Gingrich's years in Congress would help him.

"I think he's extremely intelligent," said Gail Jones, a preschool teacher. "He's had a lot of experience in Washington before."

Her husband, Pope Jones, said he likes Gingrich's candor on the campaign trail. He had a dim view of the economic trajectory of the country.

"In my opinion, most Democrats and Republicans are very similar," he said. "I don't think Gingrich will be similar."

He had doubts about whether Gingrich could be nominated, although he said Gingrich could beat President Barack Obama in November. Pope Jones called the economy "the only issue" in the election and blamed Congress for wasteful spending.

"He says what he believes," Pope Jones said. "It's probably one of the reasons he won't get elected."

In Hall County, 66-year-old Harry Gambill said he paused outside his precinct in Murrayville for a few minutes to talk himself into voting for Gingrich.

"I don't think he can win," said Gambill, who retired as CEO of Chicago-based TransUnion, a credit reporting company, four years ago and moved to north Georgia.

Gambill said he wishes he could blend Gingrich and Romney to create the ideal candidate. He said he likes Romney's economic savvy and Gingrich's "raw intelligence."

"Blend them together you'd have the perfect candidate," Gambill said. "I think Newt is much more charismatic. Romney seems unable to close the deal. His charisma is lacking."

Gambill said he thinks Romney will win the GOP nomination.

He said his biggest issue is the economy. He said the country is taking on too much debt while over-regulating businesses and banks and providing welfare for too many people who have become dependent on the government for help.

"I believe the current administration are looters, wanting to take away from most productive members of society and give to the least," Gambill said. "In general, we're becoming more and more socialistic and less and less entrepreneurial."