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Vilonia, Ark. Residents Pleased With Obama’s Visit

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US President Barack Obama speaks to the press during a tour of tornado damaged areas May 7, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks to the press during a tour of tornado damaged areas May 7, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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VILONIA, Ark. (AP) — Residents of a central Arkansas community where President Barack Obama hasn’t been popular say they’re still pleased that the president stopped by to tour the damage and speak with those affected by last week’s deadly storms.

In the last presidential election, Obama lost the Faulkner County vote by a 2-1 margin against his Republican opponent Mitt Romney. And in 2008, Obama also lost the county’s vote by a 3-2 margin against GOP presidential candidate John McCain.

While one Vilonia resident who met with the president says he was appreciative of Obama’s visit, another woman said she knew of a few people who were leaving town because they disagreed politically with Obama.

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