NASCAR fans at Kansas Speedway on Sunday expressed different views of the presidential election, although many just groaned and declined to answer.
“You don’t want to know,” said one man leaving the Sprint Cup Hollywood Casino 400 a bit early to get a jump on traffic.
“Start over,” a woman called out.
But in a very unscientific sampling, more people who were willing to offer an opinion said they were supporting Donald Trump, the Republican candidate, than Democrat Hillary Clinton.
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“It’s like whenever you walk into a bar and you got two ugly girls at the bar and you’re trying to figure out which girl you want to buy a drink for,” said Drew Mattson of Olathe. “There ain’t really a good answer. Maybe buy one for both. But you can’t do that here. At this point I’m pretty undecided.”
Austin Seybold of Kansas City said he supports Trump over Clinton.
“We need somebody that’s not a typical politician,” Seybold said. “I’d like to see something a little bit different. I think it’s worth the risk.”
Mikkayla Moss of Fort Leavenworthis unhappy with both major party candidates.
“I think that the people who are in the running shouldn’t be in the running because they don’t seem to be good people,” she said. “I think, in my opinion, out of the two I think we are better off with Donald Trump because I feel like Hillary will just destroy the country.”
But Moss said she chose not to register to vote.
“I feel like what we say doesn’t really have a say,” Moss said. “No matter what we say it doesn’t really matter.”
David Hickman of Overland Park, who was helping to staff an information booth for racing fans, is looking for a change in the way the country is managed and is not concerned about Trump’s alleged abuses toward women.
“I think that that’s really a non-issue for me,” he said. “A bigger issue for me (is) the direction of the country, economic security, things like the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, and how that’s impacted medical care, quality of care and the ability of people to go get care.”
But Jay Jensen of Overland Park, who was working the same information booth, said she is with Clinton “all the way” and feeling fairly positive
“I can’t believe the other candidate is even in the running,” she said. “I’m shocked that he’s actually still around. … I hope she wins. I think she’s going to. I’m trying to get everyone I know, especially women, to vote and vote the right way. It’s hard for me to believe any woman would ever vote for Donald Trump, any woman.”
Susan White of Olathe was proudly wearing a shirt that said “deplorable,” a reference to Clinton’s remark about many Trump supporters. She also was not concerned about allegations of Trump’s behavior toward women.
“You know what, I’m not concerned about those because those were years ago,” she said. “ I’m more concerned about what is happening today, what’s happening with our national security, our debt, what our immigration crisis is. … I’m worried about someone who is actually in there right now and is cheating, like Hillary Clinton.”
Erin Flynn, also of Olathe, said she is a millennial who chooses Trump over Clinton.
“I’m one of the millennials that doesn’t agree with my generation,” she said. “That makes it it hard to have a conversation with my friends. We don’t talk about it anymore. Yep. We’re done. We’re not talking about it. We’re not going to agree. I have a different belief in what this country is than they do.”