Exeter expects 80 percent voter turnout
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan was among the first to appear at the polls in her hometown shortly before 7:30 a.m.
Exeter town clerk Andrea Kohler said she expected about 80 percent of the town's 10,000-plus voters to turn out - a number similar to the 2008 presidential election.
However, she said more voters could show up this year with Hassan -; a ';hometown girl'; -; on the ballot.
';There are some lines, but at least everybody is coming out to vote,'; Kohler said.
Republican Charles Mott, 51, said Republican gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne was really the one who brought him to the polls.
';I specifically voted Republican for Ovide because he's for slot machines at Rockingham Park,'; said Mott, who works at the Seabrook Greyhound Track.
Democrat Curt Mackail, 60, carried his 4-month-old Yorkshire terrier named Ralph into the booth with him when he cast his votes for Hassan and President Obama.
';He voted a straight doggie ticket. He said, 'More treats, fewer tricks,''; joked Mackail, a music and band director at School Administrative Unit 16.
On a more serious note, Mackail said he feels the Obama administration has made progress in turning the economy around.
Chris Lyle, 57, a Democrat, said she also supported Obama because of the ';security blanket'; that he provides.
';I like that Obama is for all the people, I believe. I like the safety net that he provides for all people and that's really important to me. There are so many hurting, struggling, poor people in this nation,'; she said. ';I trust Obama more and what he is saying.';
Lyle said she also voted for Hassan because she feels that he will ';follow the path'; of Democratic Gov. John Lynch.
';He's done very good things for New Hampshire and I do not like Ovide. I just don't like his proposals,'; she said.