LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA – To national Congress watchers, the Broward-Palm Beach County 22nd District race between
It's not necessarily that high a priority for voters in the district.
Many voters interviewed at the polls Tuesday said they'd voted for Democrat Frankel or Republican Hasner – and the main reason was that most were voting a straight party ticket.
For the most part, if they voted for President
William Beaver, a
Gail Albohn, of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, said she's a Democrat who votes mostly for her party's candidates. She said voted for Frankel because she "liked the things she had to say," but didn't recall anything specific.
James Geiger of Wilton Manors voted for Frankel. He said the main reason is that he’s a life-long Democrat who comes from a family of life-long
But Bill Carroll, also of Wilton Manors, said he's a lifelong Republican. That's why he voted for Hasner.
And Matt Kozloff, of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, said he cast a ballot for Hasner – along with every other Republican on the ballot.
Robert Stark of Wilton Manors, who voted for Obama, said he was going back and forth between Frankel and Hasner, and ultimately picked the Democrat.
"With gridlock, government divided, we never get anything done," he said, hoping a Democratic Congress would be able to work with what he hopes is a second-term Democratic president.
The current 22nd District representative is
When the Republican-controlled state Legislature redrew congressional districts to reflect population changes uncovered in the
Beaver said he doesn’t like the idea that West would no longer represent part of
But Nicole Ramirez, of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, who voted for all Democratic candidates – including Frankel – except in the race for Broward sheriff, said she doesn't miss West.
"Thank God he's gone. I feel sorry for whoever's going to get him in Martin County."
And she said the tea party contributed to her decision to not vote for Hasner. "These tea party people scare the life out of me," she said.