A lonely place for an Obama supporter

American Legion hall in South Miami Photo by Samantha Nasti

At American Legion Hall: Almost all Republicans

There was a single campaign poster outside the American Legion polling station in South Miami and  it was for President Obama. But it was no indication of voter sentiment.

Carol Swingle, 65, sat beside the poster at a table with pro-Obama pamphlets as people waited to vote on the future of America.  Hardly anyone showed interest in her and her candidate.

Inside the American Legion hall, a lot of people were voting.  “They’re almost all Republicans in there,” Swingle said, “but I don’t discourage anybody. I don’t care who they vote for, as long as they vote.”

Still, Swingle had strong feelings for  Obama. “Massachusetts was left with the largest per capita debt out of any state in the U.S.,” she said, “and Romney says he’s gonna get us out of debt.”

Len Holloway, 69, approached Swingle’s table wearing an Obama-Biden button and a University of Miami alumni pin.  Holloway flew a helicopter in the Vietnam War.  He said he did not  trust Romney or his ability to handle  foreign policy.  “No one really knows what Romney stands for,” Holloway said. “His positions on the political issues are based solely upon public opinion. In fact, if public opinion does not support one of his opinions, he flips and flops.”

A Romney victory, Holloway said, would “send a message to future candidates that it’s OK to lie.”

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2 responses to “A lonely place for an Obama supporter”

  1. This used to be my designated poll before I moved to Kendall last year. When I went there for the midterm elections though in 2010 it was very strongly pro-democrat (flyers, banners, signs endorsing Democratic congressman Ken Meek were everywhere). It makes you wonder if the people in that precinct are mostly independent voters (because when I drove past this neighborhood recently I also was astounded at all the Romney-Ryan bumper stickers and lawn signs). Is there such thing as a swing precinct?

    And Swingle and Holloway, both seniors in their late 60s that you interviewed, voted for the president. It makes me wonder if it was Romney’s stance on healthcare and “vouchers” that kept them voting for Obama. After the debates, I think healthcare started getting overlooked as a crucial deciding issue in the election (overshadowed by women’s rights and Romney’s comments about “binders full of women”). However, in Florida, with its high concentration of seniors and swing state status, I think healthcare was ultimately the deciding issue that gave President Obama that extremely slight margin to finally call the state blue (albeit 5 days after Election Day).

    -Jessica Swanson

  2. E Dearmas says:

    This is a very concise and straight to the point story. It does a great job describing the mood of this polling place. Great detail.