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So who are these undecided voters and what are they waiting for?
Time is running out and the number of undecideds is dwindling, but they're still out there
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES
This story is part of a special series.


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Voters who’ve been undecided in recent weeks are running out of time to make a decision in the presidential race. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports their choices are often coming down to a process of elimination.

 

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When Delaware resident Toby Boyce spoke with Ohio Public Radio a month ago, he was giving Republican Gov. Mitt Romney a close look.

“There was a part of me for a long time had been trying to get Romney to be the candidate I wanted him to be but I kept kind of waiting for him to fill in that gap.”

But Boyce says Romney is focused on providing reasons why not to vote for President Obama instead of giving reasons why voters should back the former Massachusetts Governor.

“He’s making statements with no supporting evidence or he is putting out a tax plan and people say this doesn’t work but then he doesn’t show how it would work.”

A wild card
Boyce says he’s also concerned about how Romney is handling social issues.like the recent comment about rape made by U.S. Senate candidate Richard Murdouck.

“The response from the Romney campaign really bothered me.  2012 and we are having a discussion as if it is 1955-1960 about what is rape? And the fact that Romney is still supporting him for Republican because they need that seat, it kind of bothered me a lot and it kind of said I’m not going that direction.”

Boyce says he’s heard enough to know he won’t vote for Romney.

“He’s a wild card and that just scares me.”

Boyce says he’s leaning toward voting for President Obama at this point.  Columbus resident Don Bush says he, like Boyce, has also ruled out Romney as a candidate.

The etch-a-sketch concern
“I fear that he will change his mind once in office and not do the things he’s talked about doing, that he will be a temporary insertion in our government that will make up his mind once he gets there, and take the pragmatic approach and quick fix approach so I’m definitely against him for his socratic method if you will.”

Bush says he’s still looking at the possibility of voting for a third party candidate.  But he says a friend who is voting for President Obama is making some good arguments.

“My friend made a great argument the other night that if I do not go vote for Obama that I am surrendering the government to the Mitt Romney crowd.  And she made a great argument that this would be bad for minorities, women and my stance on war.  He’s very clearly stated he wants to build up the defense system.  That’s where all of our money is going now and yet we need money here in the United States for infrastructure and other things.”

Bush says he’s still considering his vote.

From Obama to Romney
Jack Rogers from Upper Arlington is going the other direction.  He voted for President Obama in 2008 but this year, he voted for Romney.

“I voted for Mitt Romney primarily because I voted for Obama four years ago and I don’t think we have made any progress whatsoever.  I looked at him as being a new ray or voice, spirit and I don’t think that has happened at all.  I think we have regressed.  We are tremendously in debt as a country.  I think a lot of people are tremendously frustrated by what’s going on, not only here but abroad.”

Rogers says party affiliation doesn’t matter to him.

“There’s no way a Republican is right all of the time or a Democrat is right all of the time so I always vote for the person.”

Polls show most Ohioans are decided in this race at this point.  And polls show the presidential race is pretty much tied in Ohio right now.  Many political pundits say it might just come down to which candidate is able to rally their supporters to go to the polls on Election Day.

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