WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters in five states are making their choices Tuesday in party primaries. Florida and Ohio are the big prizes sought by front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, as they aim to prevent rivals from narrowing the delegate gap. Voters will also cast ballots in Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina.
Here’s a look at what some voters had to say:
Albert Griggs voted for Clinton at a church on Chicago’s South Side. The 48 year old mechanic who is married with two kids said he thinks Clinton has a better chance than Democratic rival Bernie Sanders if Trump is the eventual Republican nominee.
“Hillary is going to have the women behind her. Young voters will vote for her,” Griggs said.
Griggs also thinks Clinton’s husband, Bill, did a good job as president in the 1990s.
“She is his wife. I think she should follow suit. She is more down to Earth, a people person,” Griggs said. “She’s not trying to pull the race card or start animosity among the people in the United States.”
Don O’Neal cast his ballot in Springfield, Illinois for Ohio Gov. John Kasich since he has been the least confrontational of the Republican presidential candidates.
“He has the most practical experience in governing and is the least confrontational candidate,” O’Neal said. “He’s acting like more of an adult than some of the others.”
Amy Hyde, a sales manager from Plantation, Florida, said she changed her registration from independent to Democrat so she could vote for Bernie Sanders. She likes his positions on health care and education.
“He seems to believe what I believe,” Hyde said. “He is way more in touch with common people than the other candidates.”
Lawrence Michael Thomas, 18, cast his ballot for Sanders over Clinton since Sanders represents everything the Raleigh, North Carolina, resident looks for in a candidate. The first-time voter who describes himself as mixed race said he feels Clinton “has done nothing for African-Americans at all.”
“She’s been riding the coattails of her husband. There is actually proof of Bernie Sanders protesting with Dr. King and those like that,” said Thomas, a high school-graduate who works at a Wendy’s fast-food restaurant. “(Sanders) believes in everything that I believe in.”
Thomas, who recently moved to North Carolina from central Florida because he thought he would have better job opportunities, said Sanders has broad appeal.
“He appeals to millennials, which I happen to be. He’s a smart man,” he said. “He’s stood by African-Americans, where others did not, like Hillary Clinton. She basically left us out in the cold.”
On the west side of Columbus, Ohio, Vietnam veteran and registered Democrat William McMillen said he voted for Trump, even though the candidate is a Republican.
McMillen, 70, a part-time warehouse worker, said he is concerned about the country’s economic direction.
“He’s a businessman,” McMillen said. “America is a big business, and he could make money for us.”
Associated Press writers Terry Spencer in Plantation, Florida; Martha Waggoner in Raleigh, North Carolina; Andrew Welsh-Huggins in Columbus, Ohio; Ashley Lisenby in Springfield, Illinois and Don Babwin in Chicago contributed to this report.
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