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Wisconsin voters divulge presidential primary picks


Wisconsin voters are expected to turn out Tuesday in large numbers for the presidential primary and statewide races. Here's what voters are saying at the polls:

Paul Lorentz lined up a half-hour before the polls opened in Sun Prairie, and, once able, he cast a vote for Republican John Kasich.

The 42-year-old project manager for Affiliated Engineers said he typically votes Democratic in the general election but Republican in Wisconsin's open primary in order to sway that side to a better candidate.

"My hope is always to have two acceptable candidates running for president," Lorentz said.

Lorentz, who is gay and the father of two adopted children, said Kasich seems like he takes the job more seriously than Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.

Lifelong Milwaukee resident Anthony Givens supported Donald Trump -- reluctantly.

"I voted for Trump," he said Tuesday. "But not in the fall when the real race comes around."

The 66-year-old independent voter was critical of candidates on both sides and said he backed the Republican front-runner mainly because "everybody else was fighting against him."

Similarly, he said, he voted for Rebecca Bradley in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race, "because of the ads they ran against her," referencing those that cast the judge as crony of Gov. Scott Walker and highlighted anti-gay, anti-feminist statements she wrote as a college student.

"The bickering and the fighting, I'm sick of it," he said.

Ever since Sun Prairie resident Joanne Wahl first heard of Donald Trump in 1990, she has wanted to vote for him. On Tuesday, she got her chance.

"He'll get the job done. He's always been that way with his business," said the 51-year-old claims adjustor for American Family Insurance.

When she found out Trump was running, Wahl said she was ecstatic -- although she preferred Ben Carson until he dropped out.

Wahl, a mother of two who described herself as a non-churchgoing Christian, said she usually votes Republican but won't label herself one.

"I'm hoping to get rid of the two-party system," she said.

Carrie-Ann Todd, a 39-year-old mother, is saddled with student debt, and therefore voted for Bernie Sanders due to his efforts to address the cost of college.

Todd, a project manager at staffing firm TeamSoft, says she spent $40,000 on a college degree she's one year short of obtaining and now owes $85,000 with interest.

"I'm paying more on my student loans than I am on my cars," said Todd, of Sun Prairie.

Todd said her income is the only one in her family of three, and her 12-year-old son has high medical costs from Gaucher's disease, a rare hereditary disease. She hopes Sanders will provide some relief.

"I don't know if he'll get any support if he gets into the White House, but it's worth a shot," Todd said.


Jason Kausalik, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate student, gave his vote to Ted Cruz, whom he called a "conservative who has a chance to win" in November.

"Also, it's a vote against Trump," Kausalik, 27, said in downtown Milwaukee.

He voted for Barack Obama in 2008. "I was 19, and I thought he would be this massive transitory figure. I voted mostly on emotion and what people around me were voting -- not any economic policy or anything," the finance student said.

As he got older, he realized that "based on my core ideology, I wasn't an Obama supporter. I wasn't even a Democrat."

Kausalik also backed Bradley because he said she's "a great justice, who's done a great job and has a great stance on prosecution of crime." JoAnne Kloppenburg, he said, "is everything we don't need."

Experience and consistency mattered to Cheryl Harvey, who cited the qualities as reasons why she voted for Hillary Clinton.

Harvey, 65, of Milwaukee, didn't characterize herself as a Democrat and said she always considers Republican candidates, "but this year has been a circus."

"I'm surprised the masses have come out so strongly for Trump," she said, adding, "I hate that Rubio backed out."

In the Supreme Court race, Harvey voted for Kloppenburg.

"I like Rebecca -- but I voted for Kloppenburg. All the articles of the last few weeks skewed me," she said, referencing a series of negative headlines about Bradley's college writings. "You have to be careful of what you say and how you say it."

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