In a conversation just a few days before the 2008 presidential election, Constance Griffin, 35, said she was torn between candidates John McCain and Barack Obama. We learn who Griffin supported — and what she thinks of the race's outcome.
A single mother of two, Griffin told Robert Siegel she did some research on the Internet on Election Day to try to learn more about the candidates' plans to improve the U.S. economy.
Griffin, a registered Democrat and Tennessee resident, voted in this year's Republican primary, backing former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
But in the end, she chose McCain for president. And what swayed her decision, she said, was the candidates' views on foreign policy — especially McCain's plans for the Middle East.
"I don't feel entirely secure that President-elect Obama is going to be able to protect our country," Griffin said.
But despite her vote — and the fact that Tennessee chose McCain by a margin of 57 percent to 42 percent, Griffin says she felt Obama would win when she arrived at her voting station late Tuesday.
"I knew going in, realistically, I was casting a vote for the losing candidate," she said. And her vote was sought aggressively by friends who heard her declare on NPR last week that she was undecided, Griffin said.
"Now we go forward, now it's done," Griffin said. "There's a sense of relief."