Pinellas County voters call for compromise after election

Voters split on candidates, united on compromise

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - In a state that is split down the middle, in a county that's cut in half, you'll find Brightwaters Boulevard NE in St. Petersburg, where neighbors acknowledge the invisible line dividing them.

"Right next door to each other you've got Obama and Romney signs," said Kerri Carlisle.

"I don't know how everyone gets so polarized, but they do," said Tracey Holloway.

"I don't remember ever, ever being this evenly split," said Anne Facer.

Anne Facer's been voting since she was 18.  This election had her up to 3:00 in the morning.

"There was no sleeping. It was too intense.  Too close," she said.

I spent time with registered Republicans and Democrats on Wednesday, and sometimes the only thing they agree on was that this election polarized our country.

"I think with friends, we just agreed to disagree," said Reid Carlisle.

"My sister from Birmingham, Alabama, they're staunch Democrats.  Everyone down in Florida is Republican and she will ...  You just don't even bring it up," said Gerry Growney.

"I've had some pretty heated discussions via email and phone with some friends and as passionate as I was on the one side, they were equally so on the other side," explained Holloway.

But coming together may be easier said than done with a House and Senate just as disparate as this Snell Isle Street.  Add a re-elected President who will, no doubt, see friction when it comes to tax reform and ballooning debt.

"Bi-partisanship is just -- I just don't want to see it anymore," said Reid Carlisle.

But on Brightwater Boulevard NE in Pinellas County, where campaign signs are fewer and fewer this morning, perhaps politicians ought to take a cue from neighbors who want to be the United, not the divided, States of America.

"They say reach across the aisle, but that doesn't matter if the other side doesn't reach back," said Facer.

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