Stanley M. Berger, 66, a steam fitter from West Babylon, walked to the school administration building there to conserve his one-fifth of a tank of gas and waited 15 minutes on a line that stretched out the door into the frigid night to cast a protest vote: a write-in for Donald Trump.

“Better than the two running,” he said.

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He blamed Romney for moving his personal wealth and other people’s jobs overseas and called Obama glib but underperforming.

“What’s he actually done?” Berger asked, and answered himself in the next breath: