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Primary Voters Focus on Economy, Obama Opponent

Voters at Super Tuesday precincts are drawing a composite sketch, of sorts, of the Republican candidate they’d like to challenge President Barack Obama in the fall.

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They say he’d possess Mitt Romney’s economic credentials, Rick Santorum’s heartfelt conservatism and Newt Gingrich’s intellect.

John Schaefer only had Romney and Ron Paul to choose between, since Santorum and Gingrich failed to get their names on Virginia’s ballot. The Norfolk physician voted for Romney, saying he’s “a little more practical on the economy.”

But Robert Reed of suburban Cincinnati says he’s put off by Romney’s wealth. He voted for Rick Santorum.

Joseph Steadman, of Nashville, Tenn., went with Newt Gingrich, calling him “the smartest person” he’s ever heard speak. John Legg of Columbus, Ohio, also voted for Gingrich, but he says he’d “vote for Mickey Mouse” before he’d vote for Obama.

Ohio independent Chuck Horning says he cast votes on local issues, not the Republican candidates. He says: “Most of them are concerned with religious rights and putting their views on other people.”

Another Cincinnati area voter just wants the whole thing done. Don Ryan says: “I was ready for it to be over in November.”


(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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