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GOP voters on their candidate choices

What voters said
"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
What voters said
"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
What voters said
“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
What voters said
"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
What voters said
“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
What voters said
“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
What voters said
“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
What voters said
“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
What voters said
“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
What voters said
“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
What voters said
“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
What voters said
“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
What voters said
“(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

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