"I think he’s (Romney) a little more conservative and will stick with it ... Out of all the rest of them, I think he’s done a good job. I mean, what state do you know that is major Democratic and they elect a Republican governor? So I think that says a lot for him.” - Frances Bailey, 78, Beaufort
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"There are several factors to why I voted for him (Romney). ... He's brilliant on economics. He's brilliant on how to get people to work. ... To me it's positive to have a nonpolitician in Washington.”- Aaron Brock, 35, Myrtle Beach
“I voted for Huckabee because if anyone can take care of the state of Arkansas, he’s a good man. He has proven capabilities. It’s not like this election has a lot of stellar options, though.”- Joseph Crump, 43, Columbia
"I looked at all the candidates, I looked at all their positions currently and in the past ... and I think that Fred Thompson and I are more alike than any of the other candidates ... less government, fiscal soundness and stop, once and for all, this illegal immigration problem."- Nancy Duke, 67, North Myrtle Beach
“Fred Thompson would make a good president. I agree with a lot of his positions - the size of the government, taxation, illegal immigration, national security. His varied experience as a prosecutor, senator and actor shows he knows how to deal with people.”- Mike Frankle, 40, Ballentine
“I like McCain because he’s got experience under his belt. He’s obviously a great person to be president, because he understands the economy and health care. Senior citizens need health care and Medicare.”- Scarlett Graham, 20, Irmo/Columbia
“I chose Huckabee because I like his ideas on family values, that he’s a Christian and his stance on pro-life. ... I wavered between Huckabee and McCain, but the (Confederate) flag issue tipped my ballot. Huckabee believes it should be a state issue, not a national issue.”- Stacee Groome, 38, Irmo
“I voted for John McCain. ... He has experience and knowledge to work on both sides of the aisle in Congress. When he was a POW in Vietnam, he was tortured, and what he went through will bode well for him when it comes to making tough-pressure decisions a president has to make.”- Tom Jackson, 53, Irmo
“I voted for Mitt Romney. ... He’s someone with a very strong business background and has held a job in the private sector. Mitt has demonstrated a successful business career that could provide insight into how to fix the economy.”- William Korman, 34, Lexington
“I picked Mitt Romney because I seem to agree with his points. ... I agreed with him for the economy, he knew a lot about what he wanted to do with immigration, and in Michigan, where he was governor, he had a plan for everyone to be able to get health care.”- Kendal Titus, 18, Columbia
“I listened to him. I’ve been watching and listening and reading about him (McCain) until I made a decision. I don’t always agree with every candidate, but I have to figure out the oneI agree most with. “- Grace Ebersold Ulbricht, 78, Clover
“I voted for Huckabee because he happens to be a Christian, but beyond that, I like his values. ... I’m becoming increasingly distraught with the liberal approach because it’s almost anti-Christian and anti-American. His values are more in line with mine.”- Richard Watkins, 67, Blythewood
“(Thompson is) the only one that’s not a pathological liar. I did a lot of checking out of things on the Internet, looking at sites. I have friends who are die-hard politicians. I weighed in on what they had to say. I don’t know if Fred will win. I voted for the guy who’s probably going to lose, but he’s still the best guy.”- Owen Watts, 59, York
- Contributing: The State, The Herald, The Beaufort Gazette, The Sun News