Voters paying attention to candidates' wives

Voters paying attention to candidates' wives

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NewsChannel 36

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WCNC.com

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 10 at 1:02 AM

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Anita Perry spent Monday night getting to know York County voters. Her husband is scheduled to campaign in Rock Hill and Fort Mill Tuesday.

Still, members of the York County Republican Women’s Club claimed they were just as interested in what Mrs. Perry had to say as they were the Texas Governor.

“She probably knows him better than anyone," said life-long Republican Mary Haynsworth. “Her viewpoint is more important than anybody.”

It’s a growing trend in South Carolina, said York County GOP President Glenn McCall. He admitted many voters, especially women, seemed extremely interested in what the candidates’ husbands, wives and children were talking about on the campaign trail.

“I’ve enjoyed looking - and have looked - for all the families. I enjoy hearing what the children have to say about their fathers and mother," said Elaine Norman. “I have strong family values and I want a candidate with those same values.”

When asked if a spouse could sway their vote from one candidate to another, most of the women in attendance said yes. Several admitted that a poor opinion of a political spouse had caused them to look for alternatives in past elections.

Anita Perry said she felt spouses should choose their own paths. Perry added she enjoyed meeting new people and being on the campaign trail with her husband.

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