Palm Beach Gardens likes Romney; voting signs moved at Dwyer Highby Andrew Abramson | January 31st, 2012
About 2/3 of voters polled coming out of Palm Beach Gardens precincts this afternoon between 3-5 p.m. said they voted for Mitt Romney. The poll was in no way scientific. Women seemed to support Romney and men were favoring Newt Gingrich, but women were dominating the mostly empty polls at mid afternoon.
Voting was going smoothly in Gardens, although a poll worker at Dwyer High complained that someone moved signs with arrows telling people where to vote.
Only two people of about 20 interviewed voted for candidates other that Gingrich and Romney.
Valerie Rueckert of Palm Beach Gardens voted for Rick Santorum.
“He’s a great man and the only one of the bunch with character,” Rueckert said. “It’s a wide-open race, and people like myself that are struggling in this economy are not swayed by lies going around in this campaign.”
Hunter Johnson of Gardens said he voted for Ron Paul because, “I believe in his statements about liberty and personal freedom. His views are more consistent with my mine.”
Many of the Romney voters said they felt he was the candidate who could have a chance against President Obama.
“I trust him better than Newt,” Belinda Houck of Gardens said. “I think Santorum is a good guy, but not a strong candidate to compete with Obama. I want a business man running this country rather than a Washington politician.”
Romney fans were using words like “head case” and “volatile” to describe Gingrich, while calling Romney “stable.”
Most of the Gingrich supporters didn’t want to give their name, with one man saying, “People will use that against me.”
A woman with a Gingrich sign who didn’t want to give her name said she’s a teacher, and most of her colleagues are Democrats. The woman said Romney hasn’t given enough reasons to vote for him, instead telling people why they should vote against Gingrich.
Romney’s TV war against Gingrich appears to have paid off for one woman.
“I hate to say it, but the TV advertising helped,” Melissa Brennan of Gardens said. “(Romney) had a lot more out there than the rest of them did, and I like what he stands for.”
Jack Gardner of Gardens said he wanted to vote for Paul, but went with Gingrich.
“Libertarian is my ideology, but Ron Paul is completely unelectable, even more unelectable than Gingrich,” Gardner said.