Friday, February 23, 2018
Politics

Think you can guess whether these voters will choose Clinton or Trump?

Certain groups can be expected to vote a certain way each presidential election. Non-white voters, for more than half a century, have voted for a Democrat. The most recent polls in key states show Hillary Clinton winning that demographic. Gun owners voted against President Barack Obama and for President George W. Bush, according to Gallup. The National Rifle Association has endorsed Donald Trump.

But the Tampa Bay Times spoke with three voters defying the trends.

Learn why in their own words.

Cherie Diez

Jordan Orr, 26

 

 

Jordan Orr, 26, retail inventory specialist

 

Who he is: Orr was adopted. His father died when he was 9. He lives with his mother in Lakeland and shares custody of a three-year-old daughter. He is a Pentecostal Christian.

Who he's voting for: Donald Trump

I have friends call him racist and, you know, I say, "How can you say that?"... People have misinterpreted what he said... He doesn't want to keep Mexicans out. He doesn't want to keep interracial people out... He wants to build a wall for more than one reason, and it's not out of hatred...

I want to keep my daughter safe...

Trump is for the Second Amendment and so am I, because I believe that we should all be able to protect ourselves... These people that are committing crimes will always find a weapon. And then when they come in your house and you have nothing, it's going to be too late...

They're trying to take God out of our country, so in a way, it seems like Christians are being silenced… People are taking "Merry Christmas" out of things because it has Christ in it. It's piece by piece and that's where it starts. One little thing leads to another. Now you have people over in ISIS cutting Christians' heads off...

(Trump) is aware of Christians being persecuted, and he wants to try and protect that from happening here…

I don't even want to really think about if he loses because the way that our country is going, we're to the point of no return.

 

Cherie Diez

Faye Whitefield Morazan Carlton, 61

 

 

Faye Whitefield Morazan Carlton*, 61, writer

 

Who she is: Born in Honduras, she met her husband, a Pentecostal minister, while visiting Florida on a visa. She was granted U.S. citizenship in 1980. She lives in Lakeland and is a mother of three and grandmother of seven.

Who she's voting for: Donald Trump

Hillary has (Latinos) believing he's going to round them and their families up and put them in a truck and put them in a holding cell and deport them... We don't live in Russia; he's not Hitler. He's not going to go door-to-door knocking and say, "Show me your papers." Who's got time for that?

If Hillary Clinton gets to be the president of the United States, I say this country is headed for a Third World country just like the one I came from...

She put the country at risk. It's not just that she had the server… It's that she didn't care enough about this country for the position that she held to keep it safe. If she couldn't keep it safe while she was Secretary of State, how in tarnation is she going to even want to keep it safe when she's president?

That's the difference in Trump… He speaks foolishly sometimes… To me, what a person says and what they actually do are two different things.

He never put this country at risk...

 

Cherie Diez

Eric Maughan, 47

 

 

Eric Maughan, 47, engineer

 

Who he is: He grew up Mormon, in a Republican family, hunting large game with his father. He no longer hunts, but he owns eight guns including an AR-15 for recreation and protection. He has four children and lives in Lutz. He has been a member of the NRA for 30 years, and he has heard other people say Hillary Clinton wants to take away guns, but he doesn't think that will happen.

Who he is voting for: Hillary Clinton

She's stuck by what she's saying she's going to do. As a person, I probably don't really like her that much, but at least as a politician, she's consistent and I would rather go with consistency than just throwing in a complete wildcard the way the world is now. I don't know that we can take that, and that's what is scary for me… The worst thing you can do is say something or do something in a moment of passion... When I see Donald Trump, I see a civil war…

When I really got interested in politics, it was after Bill Clinton won his second term. It was one of the times Congress turned Republican, but I saw they had to actually really work together. It was, "I may have an idea way over here and you have an idea way over here, but there's a way to find something in the middle."

And I believe it's where the vast majority of people really lie is somewhere in the middle...

Hillary Clinton, at this point right now, she could really change the world for the better…

I just hope she'll do it.

*EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been edited to correct the spelling of Faye Whitefield Morazan Carlton's name.

   
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