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Palm Beach Gardens likes Romney; voting signs moved at Dwyer High

by 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.

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3 Responses to “Palm Beach Gardens likes Romney; voting signs moved at Dwyer High”

  1. mcru Says:

    Romney is a true RINO. When pushed by Santorum at the last debate he did not say he is against goverment controlled healthcare, rather he said it should be a state issue. By defalut he endorses Romneycare and Obamacare. A real conservative would be against such programs.

  2. Mike Says:

    I’m so sick of the negative campaigning. Not one person said they would do A, B, and C if they were elected president. All they did was trash talk the other candidates for the past 6 months. Not one person is worth my vote!

  3. Need More Sugar Says:

    I wonder how many voters actually read each of the campaign’s plans on how they will make things better.

    Of the 87 pages of Romney’s plan, about 1/3 to 1/2 was spent on saying how wrong he thinks Obama is on everything. The rest of it contained a lot of catchy sound bites, but was rather sketchy on details.

    It is easy to say you will create jobs (seem to remember someone saying they will create 700,000 during their term and we are still waiting), but how will you actually achieve that?

    Last I heard, companies created jobs and they will generally only do so if the market for their goods and services expands to such an extent where they are unable to meet the demand using the existing workforce.

    I do not see how some politician venting a lot of hot air, lowering corporate tax rates or getting rid of regulations is going to increase demand for goods and services.

    Newt’s plan was by enlarge also pretty vague on exactly what he would do, with the exception of rehashing the standard Republican talking points of lowering taxes, repealing Obama’s healthcare plan (thus ensuring more Americans will be without health care because they can’t afford it), getting rid of regulations and regulating authorities, etc.

    It is nice to say you will ‘fix’ social security, but saying you will do so by open a national discussion about it is really no different than what has been going on for several years now.

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