MONTGOMERY, W. Va. -- The small-town white voters of West Virginia are supposed to deliver what may be Hillary Clinton’s last hurrah tonight, but three of them came to Montgomery City Hall this morning to cast ballots for her opponent -- each with a different reason.
"I'm going to vote for the colored guy," said Henry Ford -- "no, not that Henry Ford," the 87-year old retired carpenter in the Napa Auto Parts hat pointed out. "I don't dislike her, but I don't think a woman can be president of the United States. I don't think she can handle the job."
An elderly-looking woman drove with her husband to the polling place, parked four feet from the curb, and happily explained why she was supporting Obama. "Because he's a young man," she said, refusing to give her name while her husband refused to say even a word. "All the rest of them have been up there in Washington too long."
Another woman who would not share her name said she was a Democrat who voted for Obama with November in mind. "I want John McCain to win and I think that Hillary would have a better chance of beating him," said the 35-year old Montgomery lawyer.
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