Texans express worries in state primary

HOUSTON Beatrice Ballard's a city worker in Houston. After voting for Barack Obama in the Texas Democratic presidential primary, she said she's "blessed" but "just making it." In her words, "I'm working payday to payday." She adds, "I don't want to live like that."

In dozens of conversations with The Associated Press around the state yesterday, Texas voters said they were anxious about prices rising faster than incomes, the availability of health insurance and the war in Iraq.

John McCain's GOP nomination for president virtually certain even before Texas polling places opened, so yesterday's focus clearly was on the Democratic battle between Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. The contest that spotlighted Obama's call for change against Clinton's experience.

Some Republicans even switched to the Democratic primary, hoping to prolong the Democratic nominating process left still unresolved after Clinton's narrow Texas victory. In the Rio Grande Valley, Karie Eanes says she and her husband voted for Clinton to drain the Democrats financially.

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