A selection of voter reactions as West Virginians went to the polls Tuesday.
Charlotte Nichols brought her 14-year-old granddaughter to a crowded polling place in Kanawha County, keeping the teenager's future in mind when she voted for Democratic President Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney.
"She needs things to go to college," said Nichols, 77, of Cross Lanes. "She wants to be a doctor and if she doesn't have the things for education that Obama is willing to give and help with Pell grants and things, it would be tough on her mom because her daddy died."
Despite being a registered Democrat, Nichols voted for Republican John Raese in his bid to unseat Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin. She questioned the party loyalty of Manchin, who has campaigned as an independent voice for the state and has disagreed with Obama over such issues as coal, federal spending and the national debt.
"He should have gone to the Democratic convention," Nichols said, referring to Manchin skipping the party's national convention in September. "That's one thing I'm mad about. He's a Republican - he doesn't know what he is. I've always voted for Joe Manchin. I'll never vote for him again."
Barbara Bolyard has been without power for the past cold week, relying on a wood- and coal-fired stove for heat and eating meals served by the Red Cross at a fire station twice a day. On Tuesday, the 50-year-old Newburg resident bundled her three adult children into the car, telling them, "It's your right; do it."
The Democrat was most interested in the governor's race, in which he backed Republican Bill Maloney over Democratic incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin.
"Tomblin has been flying on Manchin's coattails, and I do not like that," she said. "Everything was set in motion for him. I did not see anything that he did on his own. He just followed through with Manchin's stuff."
"If he'd have showed me something that he had the initiative to do on his own, he'd have had my vote," she said, adding that she did vote for Manchin.
In the presidential race, Bolyard voted for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.
"I would like to see us get on the right foot," she said. "But I don't think either a Republican or a Democrat would do that."
Randy Monroe, a 45-year-old state trooper from Arthurdale, typically votes Republican. He didn't want to say how he voted in the state races because he's a state employee but he voted Republican in the presidential race.
Romney "shares common views with mine, and I think the country needs to head in a different direction than it has been the past four years," he said. "The main thing is the deficit I'm worried about. It seems like it's gone in a negative direction the last four years. It's time to get it back on track."
Registered Democrat Rachel Moses, who works in children's educational programs at the state Culture Center in Charleston, said she was mainly interested in voting for Obama but also backed Maloney for governor.
"Republican governors tend to give state workers raises, and I'm a state worker," said Moses, 31, of Cross Lanes.
Moses said she wasn't "totally crazy" about Obama's job performance, including his views on health care, but she agreed with his policies "way more than Romney."