The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 6, 2012

Voters split over who to pick in governor’s race

From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — Incumbent Gov. Jay Nixon and Dave Spence, the Republican challenger, were sharing the vote Tuesday at a polling station at Calvary Baptist Church in northern Newton County.

“I voted Republican (for governor),’’ said Eileen Henderson, a retired resident of Joplin. “I’m tired of the economy being the way it is.’’

For governor, Jim Lane, a Joplin resident who works in real estate, said, “I voted to keep it the way it is. Joplin’s coming back strong after the tornado, but we need more jobs.’’

Shirley Hansen, a Joplin resident who works in retail sales, said, “I voted for Spence. He’s more pro-life and we need a lot of changes.’’

A Joplin couple, who did not want their names used in print because they have “a lot of Republican friends,’’ said they both voted for Nixon because of the support he gave to Joplin after the tornado.

Precinct workers said voters were waiting in line to vote at 5 a.m., an hour before the polling place opened.

Shirley Phillips, a poll worker, “We had almost 1,200 people vote by 2 p.m. That is a lot more than we had this time in the last presidential election. There have been no glitches.’’

Cecelia Marshall, another poll worker, said, “We had a line of people stretching outside for more than three hours. But everyone has been patient. It’s been so smooth.’’

Marshall said voters were entertained briefly on Tuesday when a man, who brought two people to the polls to vote, played religious music on the church’s piano while they waited in line.