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Florida independent voters who supported Barack Obama in 2008 looking for another change



marielane-stpete.jpgORLANDO — If anyone should worry President Barack Obama, it's Marie Lane, a soft-spoken 27-year-old Walmart clerk with long brown hair and glasses.

She voted for Obama in 2008, swept up by his exuberant promise to remake Washington, and the country. Now, unable to utilize her college degree, Lane is looking at Republicans.

"If the economy can't be stabilized, I won't support him," she said. "I want to. I like him."

Lane recently moved from Kansas to St. Petersburg and joined Florida's swelling number of independent voters. These swing voters are crucial to who wins the White House.

A drive this week from St. Petersburg to Orlando, where a big chunk of the state's more than 2 million independent voters reside, revealed a cursed highway for Obama, with independent voter after voter looking for another change in 2012.

"He's super intelligent but he's terrible at getting things done," said Greg Peters, 42, a restaurant owner in downtown Orlando and independent voter who said he's already moved off the fence and is hoping a better Republican candidate emerges. (story here)

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 7:43pm]


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