The State asked Midlands voters about their choices in the governor’s race. Here are some of their responses:
“I voted for Nikki Haley because she has done a remarkable job. I am happy and confident that she will be reelected.”
Joyce Surrett, 81, retired, Cayce.
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“I voted for Sheheen because I don’t think Nikki Haley has done what she said she would.”
James Geiger, 57, barber, Lexington.
“Haley. The Obamacare issue affected my vote because Sheheen is for (that system of ) health insurance. That’s like a car payment, and it doesn’t cover everything.”.
Suresh Patel, 62, retired businessman, Columbia.
“I’m fairly new to the state, and pretty much a solid Democrat, so I voted for Sheheen.”
Robert Gottlieb, 27, USC geography student, Columbia.
“Haley. She’s really helped involve the teachers with the educational reforms. They’re the ones on the front lines, so they know what’s best. She’s incorporated their help to do that.”
Randy Bradley, 57, self-employed businessman, Cayce
“Sheheen. I’ve seen from the inside how Nikki Haley has gutted the apparatus of the state.”
Jonathan Comish, 31, public defender’s office, Columbia.
“Nikki has done a good job overall especially with getting funding passed for port authority, so I voted for her.”
Harry Kemmerlin, 56, engineer, Cayce.
“She almost killed the Amazon deal, so I voted Sheheen.”
Chris Badu, 32, manufacturing at Peer Power Tech., Columbia.
“I voted for Nikki Haley because she has had good accomplishments and is more on the conservative side than Sheheen. If I wasn’t sure before though, after certain comments referring to the governor in derogatory terms, I definitely knew who would have my vote.”
Ken Carnes, 65, insurance agent, Cayce.
“I believe Sheheen would be the best man for the job. Haley does not seem to be for the average person but more for the higher up.”
Tanya Speaks, 51, disabled, Cayce.
“I voted for Haley because I believe she is the best for the job and she has done positive things. I also do not like the way some people have been making negative comments.”
Jim Kirk, 65, retired, Cayce.
“I voted for Sheheen because I think it’s time to give Democrats a chance.”
Art Farlowe, 52, USC journalism professor, Cayce.
“I am voting for Sheheen because of his stance on important issues such as education.”
Ian Palmer, 25, lab analyst, Cayce.
“I am not voting for Haley because she is hindering growth by taking away Medicaid money.”
Alexandria Lawson, 22, pharmacy technician, Cayce.