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2012 Election Coverage

November 6, 2012

Iowa voters engaged, but glad to see end to ads

DES MOINES — After months of television ads and dozens of campaign rallies, voters in battleground Iowa got their chance to weigh in Tuesday.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. and were busy but with few lines, in part because up to 40 percent of voters cast their ballots early.

At a polling place in southeast Des Moines, Hanna Biers, 34, said she would vote for President Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney.

"I just believe in what he's doing and think that he's done a decent job for what he was given," Biers said. "I don't think Romney is a decent person to have in the office. I watched his debate and I don't like him."

Biers said she was especially troubled by Romney's belief that no federal money should go to Planned Parenthood, which provides health care for women including abortions.

"I don't believe in abortion personally," she said. "I would never do it but people have to make their own decisions."

Des Moines real estate appraiser Brett Blanchfield, 37, said he voted for Romney largely because he thinks the Republican will boost the economy.

"My company is based on economic productivity. I appraise commercial property." Blanchfield said. "I've seen a massive slowdown."

Thomas Harris, 41, of Des Moines, said he opted for Libertarian Gary Johnson.

Harris said he couldn't decide between Obama and Romney, so began looking into Johnson's stands and found he largely agreed with the third-party candidate.

Although he agrees with Romney on some issues, Harris said he was put off by his stance on social issues, such as gay marriage and abortion rights.

"That's where I have a problem with Romney. I'm socially liberal. I'm pro-choice. I think what somebody else does with their body is their decision. It's not for anybody to say," Harris said. "I think people have the right to be married no matter what their relationship is."

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