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Voice of the Voters: In Colonie, a solid vote for Trump

COLONIE – Josephine Hermann, an 87-year-old retired state worker, shook her head when asked about Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

“I got sick of them,” said Hermann after voting Tuesday at a community center in this large Albany suburb.

“I listened to all of them, and I chose Donald Trump, the one who had the guts to speak up and hopefully straighten out this world,” Hermann said.

A lifelong Republican, Hermann grew up on a farm along nearby Wolf Road, now the region’s busiest strip of shopping and restaurants. She cited crime and immigration issues as among the most important to her in driving her vote for Trump.

Hermann said she made up her mind months ago but became frustrated with what she called unfair attacks on Trump by people “who made fun of him.”

“The whole thing stinks,” Hermann said of the campaign’s tenor. “The name calling. Bringing the wives on. Just tell us what you’re going to do.”

Hermann never mentioned Democrat Bernie Sanders when discussing the fall general election possibilities, but of Hillary Clinton, she volunteered: “I’d never vote for Hillary. Never ever, never ever.”