Saturday, April 25, 2015

Torn in South Jersey

In Washington Township, voters remain divided -- and some undecided.

Torn in South Jersey

George Anastasia reports:

9:21 a.m.

At the Washington Township Municipal Building, Gloucester County. There are five districts voting at the municipal building. So it's busy.

Roger Cowles, 59, was leaving the polls after casting his ballot.

"I was very undecided," Cowles said. "I don't think there was a clear cut candidate to lead the country, so I voted for the candidate I thought would do the least amount of damage."

Cowles would not say who he voted for.

"A lot of my friends are voting, but they aren't voting for president," Cowles continued. "There are too many problems in the world, global mess, wars, the economy. This is awful."

Asked what he did for aliving, Cowles replied: "I'm in the mortgage business and my wife is in the real estate business. You figure it out."

Thomas Clancy, 72, a retired welder from the Navy Yard, said it was an unusual election.

"We've got a woman on one side and a black on the other," Clancy said, adding the war in Iraq and the economic meltdown were the two biggest issues for him.

"I call it Bush's war," Clancy said. "I voted Democrat because I don't like the man in the White House now, and I didn't want to see another one just like him."

Michele Barretta, 38, said today was the first time she had gone to the polls.

Sitting in a car in the parking lot, Barretta said she still didn't know who she would vote for.

"I don't like either of them," Barretta said. "McCain is in Bush's footsteps and there are things I don't like about Obama. It may be who would do the least amount of damage."

Barretta said she remained "kinda torn." She said as a white person she said she didn't know if she could vote for Obama because he's black. But she didn't want to vote for McCain because of Bush.



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