Florida’s swing state status draws student

Obama's support of gays, economy garners vote

Even with his head bowed, texting away on his cell phone in the line to vote, there was no mistaking the political sentiments of Michael Vante, 19. Clad in a red skater-branded baseball cap, t-shirt and jeans, the giant green Obama pin that he proudly wore on his left lapel was a dead giveaway.

Although there were hundreds of people in line at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, ready to cast their vote for the next President of the United States, only a few wore anything to intentionally convey their political preferences.

But Vante, a sophomore at the University of Miami, was eager to proclaim his sentiments.

“I’m gay,” he said proudly as a smile lit up his face. “I’m a supporter of equality and gay marriage, which Obama has shown he agrees with.”

Vante said he believes that the President of the United States inherited the problems and issues of his predecessor and four years is not enough time to clean up those messes.

“I believe that the economy is a major concern in this election, but I didn’t expect Obama to fix it in four years,” he said, “I do believe that Obama has made a resilient effort in the first term of his Presidency.”

By voting in Miami today, Vante had to give up his voter registration in his native Virgin Islands. He explained that even though he is from a U.S. territory, he had to choose between voting there and at his campus address. To make his decision, all he had to do was think of Florida’s ‘swing state’ status.

“Voting here makes more of an impact,” Vante said.

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