Florida Primary: Voters give many reasons for choosing their candidate

6:18 PM, Jan 31, 2012   |    comments
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TAMPA, Florida -- Some analysts are projecting a record high turnout for Florida's primary election.

What's compelling voters to cast their ballot depends on who you talk to. For some, it's a strong conviction in a candidate.

"Ron Paul believes in the Constitution and that speaks to me," said Kayla Wildgoose.

For others, it's a feeling of a choice between the lesser of four evils.

"This time around I felt like I had to pick one," said Amy Ramirez, who didn't feel strong about any of the candidates.

Carol Osiason says she was a registered Democrat who switched her party because she didn't want to sit on the sidelines on Tuesday.

"I don't know who I am going to vote for in the general election, but I might as well have a chance to vote for the candidate I like among the Republicans," she explained.

About 600,000 people in Florida voted before Tuesday's primary, which may make polling places a little less crowded.

The Republican Party estimates a turnout of about two million people, which would top the record set in 2008.

Even for some who voted, though, the primary winner will have a lot of work to do before November.

"He still has to win my vote for the final election," Ramirez said of her choice, Mitt Romney.

Supervisor of elections offices in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties reported no major issues with voting on Tuesday.

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