Feb. 9 — 3:16 p.m.
At lunchtime, there was a steady stream of voters dropping in at Parkey-Varney School in Manchester. As they walked out with their "I voted" stickers, I interviewed them about the election. Notably, two of them said they had gotten a knock on the door while still in their pajamas.
Jeff Ahrent. Voted for Trump
"He's a businessman. We need a businessman. I am tired of just regular politicians," said Ahrent. "I feel that you don't really need a terrific leader; you have a Cabinet for all that. You have a Cabinet for major decisions, but dealmaking, business-making, getting things accomplished, I think he's a good candidate."
Ahrent says he always votes Republican and never considered voting for a Democrat. Asked whether he thought about voting for one of the governors, Kasich, Christie or Bush, Ahrent was firm.
"I don't believe in talkers," he said. "They're all stuffed shirts."
Ahrent said he never liked George H.W. Bush. He voted for George W. Bush, but he wasn't happy about it.
"You have to hold your nose sometimes and just pull the lever." This time, he wasn't holding his nose. He was excited to vote for Trump.
Terry Young. Manchester resident; voted for Clinton
"I got rousted out of bed in my pajamas," said Young. "It's OK. It's OK. I'm so glad to vote." She said she wasn't bothered by all the knocking and calling. She was impressed by the energy and dedication.
"I think [Clinton]'s the best chance we have for a sane world coming up. I think every candidate has something to offer but she has the most," said Young.
Madonna Moran. Sister of Mercy; voted for Clinton
"Someone was at our door at 7:00 this morning, knocking to see if we were going to vote," said Moran. "Plus we've had so many calls, it's unbelievable."
She figures she has been called 25 or 30 times over the course of the campaign.
"[Clinton] clearly is the best one in terms of preparation. She's smart, she's so experienced, especially on the international level," said Moran. "I'd like a woman too. But I wouldn't choose a woman just because it was a woman. But I love the fact that we have a woman that is so highly qualified."
Kevin Haynes. Works as a recruiter; voted for Sanders
"I think he's one of the first just presidential candidates in a while that's really genuinely in the best interests of this nation," said Haynes. "I think a lot of people have money in politics, things like that. He really wants to take that out of it. So that's why he got my vote." — Tamara Keith