In Michigan, Voters Reveal Their Picks

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Voters in Michigan talk about whom they picked to be the next president of the United States. Most polls show Democrat Barack Obama leading in the battle to capture the state's 17 electoral votes.

MELISSA BLOCK, host:

We are checking in with voters at polling places across the country today. Here's some of what we've been hearing.

Unidentified Man #1: I voted for Barack Obama. I'm very happy to vote for him today, and I think that it's going to be inspiring to people to see him in the White House, and it's refreshing to have that happen in our country.

Unidentified Man #2: I voted for John McCain. I just think he's a little stronger militarily. I'm in the service for 10 years, so I just lean more Republican.

Unidentified Man #1: I voted for him in the primary. And I changed my vote to Barack Obama after the way the election was run and the people that McCain sided himself with and who he picked for his running mate.

Unidentified Woman #1: My biggest fear is McCain, you know, something happens, and I just don't want a soccer mom shooting moose running the country.

Unidentified Woman #2: I was really excited about Sarah Palin. I thought that she was a great choice. I think it inspired a lot of people and inspired a lot of women, and you know, she's a working mom and that's, you know, it's an amazing thing she's doing.

Unidentified Man #2: It's been tough because Barack Obama has a lot of good - a lot of good points. But I just felt the direction the country is going, that John McCain will be a better leader right now.

BLOCK: The voices of Michigan voters Aaron Boyle(ph), Jessie Liberty Arquette(ph) and Aaron Benedetti(ph), and Florida voter Jamie Roper(ph). Tune in later this evening for our election coverage. You can hear it on most NPR stations starting at 7 p.m. Eastern. We'll also have full results and analysis at npr.org.

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