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Local Republicans look to future

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Plymouth County voters who swarmed to the polls Tuesday overwhelmingly chose Republicans to lead them.

Even though their presidential candidate Mitt Romney did not win the election nationwide, it wasn't for lack of people visiting the polls.

In Plymouth County, Romney received 8,577 votes compared to Obama's 4,148 votes.

"I am impressed beyond imagination with the voter turnout," said Plymouth County GOP Chairman Darin Raymond.

He said he has been working on campaign stuff since he was a small child when former president Richard Nixon was up for election.

"In my lifetime I don't remember so much public interest, discussion and voter turnout interest in an election," Raymond said. "I think that sort of sums up the whole, not just Plymouth County, nationally."

Plymouth County Republican Party Vice Chairman Don Kass said the voter turnout in the county was a reflection of its voters.

"The results in both races are a reflection of the energized nature of our voters in Plymouth County," Kass said. "The county GOP had a generous outpouring of support from our citizens and overall their passion was reflected in the results."

The fact that county voters chose Romney and Congressman Steve King, R-Kiron, to lead them, reflected the fiscally conservative values in northwest Iowa, Raymond said.

King faced off with Democrat candidate Christie Vilsack for the U.S. House of Representatives Fourth District seat.

As for Obama's nationwide win, Raymond said the outcome was connected to demographics.

"He's a populous president. That was the result of the election," Raymond said.

Raymond said Tuesday the general public voted, but Wednesday and this morning (Thursday) stock market investors voted.

"Traditionally markets go up the day after an election," he said. "It plummeted yesterday (Wednesday)."

As of Thursday morning, the market had dropped 303 points, Raymond said.

He said that drop is "not good news for the country and the president" because it indicated investors worldwide didn't get the outcome of the election they wanted.

Along with reacting to the GOP's success in Plymouth County, Raymond congratulated the volunteer campaign officials, Auditor Stacey Feldman and her staff for their hard work.

"It's an amazing commitment on their part to get this done," he said. "I think here locally it went amazingly well."

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