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Republicans make tough choices at Leaphart

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By Jonathan Battaglia

Janet Sims is a registered Republican. On Saturday, she voted for Mitt Romney. But in November, she said, she will vote for President Barack Obama.

"It's not the president's fault we're in the shape we're in," said Sims, who voted Saturday morning at Leaphart Elementary School. "Republicans and Democrats just need to work together. They said they would, but they haven't shown it at all."

Sims, 61, said she thinks Obama will win again in the general election. She said she voted for Romney in Saturday's Republican primary because she favored him over Newt Gingrich.

"I wish Republicans had some better candidates to choose from," Sims said.

Turnout at the Piney Grove Road school was better than expected, said poll manager Gerri Bowers, who has been volunteering on election days at Leaphart since the school was built more than 30 years ago. She said 141 people had voted there by 11:45 a.m.

Richard Ouellette said he voted for Romney, but didn't decide until he walked in the school's door.

"I guess I just liked him more than the others," said Ouellette, 64. "There was so much negativity in the ads this year. More than I can ever remember."

Scott Harder said he voted for former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, but would support any Republican who runs against Obama in the general election.

"We need a real leader," said Harder, 38. "The president we have now isn't what this country needs."

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