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Salah Osman, a 42-year-old accountant, backed the Brotherhood for the past 20 years. Now he’s voting for Shafiq, because he wants “an experienced man.”

His wife is an Abolfotoh supporter, and their good-natured bickering lasted all the way to a Cairo polling station Thursday.

“He tried to change my mind, but I’m determined,” said his wife, Samia Mohammed. “Shafiq is of the past. We want the new.”

Osman giggled. “I even hid her ID. But here I am, accompanying her to vote. This is democracy.”

“But I’m going crazy,” he said. “How can any two candidates even make it to the run-off with so many different opinions, even in the same home?”

AP correspondent Sarah El Deeb in Cairo contributed to this story.