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No protest votes, please

In the last election for governor, Larry Hogan won because many Democrats did not like Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and would not vote for him. What were they thinking? By not voting for Mr. Brown, or by voting for a third-party candidate, they effectively gave Mr. Hogan a winning ticket.

And now we have a similar situation. A vote for a third-party candidate, or refusing to vote for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, may just guarantee a Donald Trump victory in what now, amazingly, looks to be a very close election ("Donald Trump signs copy of Baltimore Sun during Dundalk stop," Sept. 13). Protest votes at this juncture are pointless. One of the two top candidates is going to be president.

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Voters should ask themselves, "Do I really want Donald Trump representing the United States to the whole world?" and then vote accordingly.

Patricia Owens, Towson


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