Local Reactions to Super Tuesday

By: Kelly Creswell Email
By: Kelly Creswell Email

After Super Tuesday's results, some local voters are left still trying to figure out who to vote for in Virginia's upcoming primary.

One Valley man, who first voted for president 60 years ago for Franklin Delanor Roosevelt, says this presidential primary looks a lot different.

Francis Lion served in three wars and still serves his country by never missing the opportunity to vote. This time around, he feels his vote is important due to the hotly contested presidential primaries.

"I think most of the renewed interest is because we have so many serious problems such as the war in Iraq. Then we have the economy, which is a really serious matter for a lot people, and a lot of that is hidden and a lot of it is not really covered by the candidates," says Lion.

Another person closely following the race because of the issues is former Bridgewater Town Council member Nancy Trout.

"When you're 18, you know, you're thinking about lots of other things besides getting involved in political action, but as I went along, I found out it you want to complain, you had to vote, or you didn't have a right to complain," says Trout.

However, trying to decide on a candidate for this presidential election is hard, ever for Trout.

"I think in the past, I have [thought] this is the one I'm going to vote for, I don't think I've wavered, not nearly what I have in this election," says Trout.

These long-time voters believe it's critical for people to get out and vote this year for our government to work.

"They can get along by ignoring the people for a good while, but after that the peoples' voice will be heard, and I think the peoples' voices are going to be heard this time," says Lion.

The voters say the major issues they are looking into are the war in Iraq and the economy. Another reason why they feel this race is more interesting than others is because, for the first time, there is a female and an African American candidate fighting for the White House.


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