November 3, 2010

Voters cite many reasons at the ballot box

Hope, fear, anger or desire for change are just some of the motivations to vote for, or against, a candidate.

By Kelley Bouchard
Staff Writer

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A pair of voters in Biddeford walk away from voting booths at the J. Richard Martin Community Center in Biddeford on Tuesday, Despite its being an off-year election, many areas reported a heavy turnout of voters.

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What did voters say as the left the polls?

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"I feel like he's the one who can beat LePage," Nickerson said. "It really wasn't a vote against Libby Mitchell; it was a vote against LePage."

Stu Grydo, 37, an unenrolled voter who lives in South Portland, also voted for Cutler because "he was the best bet to beat LePage" and because Cutler's ads and commercials influenced him. "He seems to respond and be involved."

Grydo, who is unemployed, voted for Pingree because "I like what she has done, and some of the stuff Scontras says scares me."

Cutler was the choice for Irwin Rupert, 55, an unenrolled voter and computer specialist who lives in Cape Elizabeth.

Rupert said he feels Maine's economy stands to benefit from Cutler's business experience in China, which is expected to have the world's largest economy in the next few decades. He said voters tend to put too much blame on the party in power during times of economic crisis, and the backlash against Democrats is an overreaction.

"Maine is still life the way it should be," Rupert said. "The economy is a lot bigger than Maine. You've just got to ride out the lows."

Shawn Moody and Kevin Scott, two other independent candidates in the five-way governor's race, also got some votes.

Lois Dutton, 52, a retiree and Republican from Scarborough, voted for Moody "because he's a small-business owner and I think he understands the general needs of people at all levels."

Dee Terrio, 77, a retiree and Democrat from Newport, voted for Moody because "I like the way he thinks. He made more sense – common sense – and is ready to change and make Maine better."


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