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Hudson, Wis. Voters Head To The Polls For Primary

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HUDSON, Wis. (WCCO/AP) — More than 80 percent of Republicans who cast ballots in Wisconsin’s presidential primary say they expect Mitt Romney to be the party’s nominee.

“It’s about time we have one candidate and we need everyone to get behind that candidate,” said Wayne of Hudson, Wis., wearing a Ronald Reagan sweater.

Preliminary results of an exit poll show Republicans are divided on which candidate they trust most to handle health care.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Edgar Linares Reports

“It’s a real struggle. I don’t think we’re well organized,” said John Thomas, a Republican voter of Hudson.

About four in 10 GOP voters in the Wisconsin and Maryland primaries say the most important trait a candidate can have is the ability to defeat President Barack Obama in November.

“I’m leaning towards Romney,” said Wayne. “I think he’s the person who could beat Obama. I don’t think Rick Santorum can beat Obama.”

Nearly four out of 10 Republican voters combined say that it’s vital for a candidate to be a true conservative or have strong moral character. Some voters feel Rick Santroum represents those ideals.

“I like the way he presents himself,” said Jennifer of Hudson.  “I guess I prefer his approach on issues.”

There are 42 delegates at stake in Wisconsin, with 18 going to the statewide winner.

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