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Wednesday, November 7 2012, 03:21 AM CST
Oregon women help push Obama to victory
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon voters helped re-elect President Barack Obama on Tuesday while turning down a measure to regulate pot like alcohol.

Here's a look at their views, according to preliminary exit poll data conducted in Oregon for The Associated Press and television networks:

Oregon women were more opposed to the measure to regulate marijuana like alcohol than men. Also, about 7 in 10 senior citizens voted against it, while middle-aged voters were split.

Measure 80 didn't fare well among voters without college degrees, while those with such education were divided.

Those who had more than $50,000 in family income were more opposed to legalizing marijuana than those making less.

Moderates broke against the measure, while political independents were evenly split.

Measure 80 found support in Multnomah County, but didn't fare well in other regions of the state; Portland suburbs were split on the issue.

Women broke for President Barack Obama by double-digits, helping him to victory Tuesday in Oregon. Men in the state were about evenly split. Political independents tilted narrowly toward the president.

About a third of voters said they wanted a president who has a vision for the future and about as many said they wanted someone who shares their values.

Voters here were divided between whether Obama or his Republican challenger Mitt Romney would do a better job handling the economy. Those who thought the economy or federal budget deficit was the top issue facing the nation went for Romney. Obama carried health care voters by a wide margin, as well as those who wanted a president who cares "about people like you."

Romney fared well among voters in south and eastern Oregon, while Obama took Multnomah County, though by a smaller share than he did in 2008.

Almost 6 in 10 Oregon voters said the economy was the top issue facing the nation, and half saw rising prices as the biggest problem facing them over unemployment, taxes or the housing market.

Voters here also held a dim view of the economy, with more than 8 in 10 describing it as in bad shape. Still, about 4 in 10 voters said the nation's economy is getting better while a quarter think it's getting worse.

Amid these economic challenges, 6 in 10 said keeping jobs in the state should be a higher priority than protecting the environment.

About a quarter of voters said they are better off today compared with four years ago when President Barack Obama was elected. About one-third said they're worse off.

Oregon voters were divided on the 2010 federal health care law, with about half in favor of expanding it or leaving it as is, while a similar share said they would prefer to repeal all or some of the law.

Oregon voters didn't wait until the last minute to settle on a presidential candidate. More than 7 in 10 voters said they decided before September.

The survey of 1,525 Oregon voters was conducted for the AP and the television networks by Edison Research. This includes preliminary results from a survey of 1,525 voters who voted early or absentee and were interviewed by landline or cellular telephone from Oct. 29 through Nov. 4. Results for the full sample were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.

Oregon women help push Obama to victory

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The Ashland Daily Tidings newspaper reports that the Oregon Health Authority Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program has already received six dispensary applications for Ashland.

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People hoping to launch dispensaries in Oregon began submitting applications to the state on March 3 as part of a new medical marijuana regulatory system.

A proposed dispensary called Top Shelf Meds abuts an Ashland neighborhood.

Carol Kim says the dispensary is separated from her home by a hedge. She says it's ironic that state rules bar dispensaries near schools, but her daughters will come home from school and have to live near a dispensary.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.
My town should definitely impose the moratorium for one year -- no more, no less.
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