Tonawanda News — "What would have happened to all those people in Ohio if he didn't bail out the car industry?" she wondered aloud. "I think he deserves four more years."
Still, there were many who felt Romney would be the best person to lead the country.
Ray Kent, who lives near Orchard Park, travelled to Buffalo's GOP gathering Tuesday, and said employment is the issue driving his support for Romney. Obama's resistance to the Keystone pipeline proposal, he said, is unacceptable.
"We need more jobs, it's the only way the economy will get any better," he said. "The criticism of Romney and Bain Capital and all that is totally unfounded. Everything he's touched has turned to gold."
While Kent said he doesn't always vote down party lines, he said the slate of GOP candidates locally and nationally simply appealed to him more this year, largely because of business savvy and private sector experience.
Jim Zezzo, a registered Republican, said he often follows the party line at the polls, though it was social issues like abortion and Obama's health care law that gave his vote to the challenger. He remained confident on Tuesday that Romney would win the election, even as national state polls appeared to tilt the balance to the incumbent.
"I believe in what Romney stands for," he said. "There's a lot of people complaining about Obama."
If one thing is certain, Tuesday's results aren't likely to change the nation's bitterly divided political landscape any time soon.