Dispatch from Germain Arena in Estero from Ryan Mills
MGay Hendricks, 65, of Estero called her vote for Donald Trump on Tuesday one of the hardest of her life. She liked Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, but he's done so poorly in previous primary elections that, she said, "he took himself out."
"My only option then was to vote for Donald Trump," she said, "so someone with a whole lot of clout in the Republican Party can defeat, I believe, Hillary Clinton."
Gary Medley, 60, cast his ballot for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who he called the most experienced and qualified candidate in the race. Medley is originally from Ohio, but he said that didn't sway his vote.
Medley is hoping Kasich can win Ohio tonight, and continue on to an open convention in Cleveland where he can win over delegates. If Trump ultimately prevails, Medley said Kasich would be a strong VP pick.
"It's about the people. The people are speaking," he said. "Trump has done something to resonate with the masses that he's inspired people to go out and vote for him. Maybe there's a lesson for us."
by Jigsha Desai3/15/2016 3:39:46 PM
Out at the polls for @ndn . Notes: A lot of folks new to Florida didn't realize we have closed primaries. #NDNElection
Cary Zahaby makes her way to a booth to place her vote in a relatively empty polling station at St. Leo Catholic Church's Parish Life Center on Election Day in Bonita Springs, FL on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (Photo by Gregg Pachkowski/Special to the Daily News)
As of noon, voter turnout was at 38.6 percent. So far today, 16,191 people have voted, according to the Collier County Supervisor of Elections. The turnout percentage included about 30,000 mail-in votes and about 26,000 early votes. Early voting was March 5 to March 12.
by Jigsha Desai3/15/2016 4:09:58 PM
Golden Gate Estates voter Alan Swailes: "I looked for None of the Above on the ballot, and it wasn't there." Voted Trump. #Ndnelection@ndn
Dispatch from Precinct 203, North Collier Regional Park (by June Fletcher)
Although she likes what Bernie Sanders has to say, Kathy Leshner, a retired teacher from North Naples, voted for Hillary Clinton.
“I believe in Democratic principles, and I think she has the best shot to win the election,” she said.
Leroy Christiansen, 29, an Army veteran from North Naples, and his wife, Sarah, 27, both voted for Donald Trump.
“No one gets veterans’ issues better,” said Leroy. “I like his attitude — he can get things done,” said Sarah Christiansen.
But Edith Mandeville said she was against Trump; she voted for Cruz.
“I think he has a better chance against Trump than anyone else,” she said.
Connie Hill, a professional singer from North Naples cast her vote with Marco Rubio because “he gets Florida,” but also because she, too, didn’t like Trump. “He’s the quintessential salesman,” she said.
Meanwhile, Cheryl Brosseit of North Naples was sorry that as a registered Independent, she wasn’t able to express her opinion in the Presidential primary.
But Brosseit did vote yes on the referendum to support a single combined Fire and Emergency Medical Response Independent Special District in unincorporated Collier County, governed by an independent elected body to provide a unified emergency response.
Hill, the singer, voted no on the referendum. “That means bigger government, and that always works out badly.”
by Jigsha Desai3/15/2016 4:30:04 PM
Overheard at the polls: "I already voted." "Well, vote again, its Florida!" #NDNElection