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Democratic voters on their choices

What voters said

"I voted for Clinton. She seems like the best candidate. ... I like her thoughts on Medicare, Medicaid - things that make my life more comfortable in the future." - Larry Davis, 59, West Columbia

What voters said

"I chose Edwards because he's a candidate that can bring needed change to the White House. He has a concise format and outlined approach to the budget and foreign policy. I don't think he would be a candidate that would split the country 50/50, because he's a candidate Republicans have something in common with, too." - Wayne Black, 29, West Columbia

What voters said

“I voted for Obama because he’s fresh and new. ... Obama is righteous, has morals and appears to have great judgment. He’s a phenomenal scholar. I like the fact that he’s interested in education — and not just better schools but to pay teachers more — and in health care. ... I like his views on the war — bring the money back to us to help education and health care.” — Sharee Stevens, 36, Columbia

What voters said

“I voted for Obama because he’s really reaching out to college students. The prices are ridiculous, and he wants to improve and lessen the price of college and offer more assistance. ... He’s about health care, which is a big problem in the black community.”— Travis Brown, 20, Benedict College

What voters said

“I picked Obama because he’ll help with health care, student loans and bringing soldiers back from Iraq, which I want because I have a brother-in-law over there. He’s just going to be a great leader and great president.” — Sanqual Sampson, 19, Benedict College

What voters said

“I voted for Clinton because this is the first time a woman has been a national nominee, and I can’t let that pass without voting for her. ... She’s well-informed on all the issues and has definite plans, along with dreams and aspirations, like her health- care plan and giving veterans more respect.” — Cynthia Gilliam, 68, Columbia

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