Election 2012: Virginians Go For Romney
But their choices were limited at the voting booth
On Super Tuesday, the four remaining Republican presidential candidates competed against each other for more than 400 delegates. Except in Virginia. In that state, only two candidates were on the ballot: Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.
"There are just two candidates, so I think people feel as if it's a home run for one of them, and a bad loss for the other," "Dee Gee" Watling, the chief of the St. Dunstan Episcopal Church polling place, said. "It would have been much better if we didn't have the restrictions that they had, so all four of [the candidates] could be on Virginia's ballot."
Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich didn't collect enough signatures to get on the ballot. Voters weren't allowed to write-in candidates, either. (See Kid Reporter Edward Zhou's story about the Virginia ballot for more information.) This led many voters to stay home.
Voter turnout in Virginia was only 5 percent.
Those who did vote, however, felt strongly about what they want in a President.
"[Voters are] looking for [a candidate] with a rather forceful leadership style, that has a specific, forceful, insightful vision for where the United States ought to be going, as well as someone who recognizes that America is a diverse and pluralistic society, in which everyone needs a say," David Ramsy said.
Issues were also on the minds of voters. National security, economy, and the national deficit were at the top of most of their lists. But they were also concerned with regulation, the size of the government, and personal freedom.
"I want to have a President who has good health care, low regulations, [so it] would help small businesses and help people to have confidence to reinvest money to the economy, which would help the economy grow," said Margie Cunnion, a cardiologist, who rushed into the polling place in the early morning.
Virginia voters felt Romney was most qualified to be President. He won the Virginia primary with 59.5 percent of the vote.
The Scholastic News Kids Press Corps is on the campaign trail. Kid Reporters are covering Super Tuesday from five states. Check out the Super Tuesday Special Report for their stories.
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