The Associated Press
What Arkansas voters had to say after casting ballots in Tuesday's primary election:
Bobby Smith, a 73-year-old retired aircraft mechanic, cast an early ballot for President Barack Obama even though he said he disagreed with the president's stand on gay marriage.
"They don't have but two names on the ballot: President Obama and that other guy," Smith said outside a community center in downtown Little Rock where other people were voting on Tuesday.
"I don't know anything about the other guy," he said, referring to John Wolfe.
Sarah Edmondson, 57, of Lonoke said she voted for Wolfe for president, switching from her vote for Obama four years ago.
"I wasn't satisfied with Obama this time," she said. "I know he can't do anything without Congress."
She said she was concerned about Social Security changes.
"There's too many people who depend on that to live on," Edmondson said.
Camille Bennett, 51, who comes from a farm family and is Lonoke city attorney, said she voted for Obama because she likes everything about him.
"I think he stands up for what he believes in and he has not wavered," she said. She voted for Obama four years ago.
Bennett said she voted for Gary Latanich in the Democratic primary for the 1st District seat in Congress.
"He (Latanich) teaches economics. I think that's an issue that's important to us," she said. "It was a tough choice."
In Little Rock, Joshua Thomsen said he voted for President Barack Obama in the Democratic primary, noting that he also backed Obama in 2008.
"I am not entirely happy with what he is doing, but when we get to the fall election I will still vote for him," Thomsen said.
Thomsen said Obama watered down the health care plan three years ago to win support.
"He's watering down what he wants to do," Thomsen said.
Bill Fountain, an 85-year-old retiree who used to work as a manager, said he voted for John Wolfe even though he said he doesn't have a chance of winning the Democratic nomination.
"That's a wasted vote," he said in Little Rock. "I guess you just do it in opposition."
He said Obama is a fine people person, but he said he lacks the strength to get things done in the White House.
"I think we could do worse, but I also think we could do better," he said.
In Pine Bluff, Patsy Crow, a retired secretary, said she cast a ballot for Q. Byrum Hurst for the 4th District seat. Crow, 80, is a lifelong Democrat and said she was disappointed with Rep. Mike Ross' decision to not seek another term.
Crow said she didn't know much about Hurst, but said she remembered him from ads that aired during the campaign.
"I was disappointed Ross wasn't running, but you have to pick someone," she said.
Julie Dobbins, a medical librarian, said she voted in Pine Bluff for D.C. Morrison in the 4th District Democratic race. Dobbins, 58, said she didn't know much about Gene Jeffress and was concerned about reports of Hurst's tax problems.
When asked who she voted for in the presidential race, Dobbins said: "I didn't vote for Obama," and voted for John Wolfe instead.
Dobbins said her vote wasn't a sign of dissatisfaction with the president.
"Obama's going to win the Democratic primary, so I just thought I'd share my vote," she said.
Karlan Henry, 52, an emergency room nurse from Cabot, said she voted for Obama, as she did four years ago.
Henry said she was frustrated by the way Obama handled the health overhaul package and complained the changes are hard to see.
"It frustrates the patients," she said.
Henry voted for Scott Ellington in the Democratic primary for the 1st District seat. She said she liked his background as a prosecutor.
"I like to see things done the way they're supposed to be done. Rules are rules, let's follow the rules," she said.
Albert Montemayor, 77, a heating and air conditioning repairman from Hot Springs voted for Beth Anne Rankin in the 4th District Republican race.
"I like the way she presents herself in the issues she talks about," Montemayor said.
Montemayor voted for Obama four years ago.
"I always voted Republican except for when I voted for Obama," he said. Montemayor said he turned back to the GOP because of high unemployment.
In Hot Springs, Joyce Arguello, 74, said she voted for Beth Anne Rankin in the 4th District Republican race.
"She says very conservative things; I'm very conservative," Arguello said.
Arguello said she never voted for Mike Ross but would be willing to.
"He is a lot more conservative than a lot of the Republicans," she said.
Arguello said she also voted for Rick Santorum because "he talked and acts more like me ... in his strong religious beliefs in his strong family ties and in his conservatism."Tags: