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Local Democrats celebrate Obama's win

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cheers erupted at the Plymouth County Democrat headquarters Tuesday night after President Barack Obama won Iowa.

Mark Sturgeon, a local Democrat, said that win made the work volunteers had put in throughout the year, and especially the last four days, worth it.

"It means all our hard work has paid off," he said.

Plymouth County Democrat Chairman Jon Neunaber commended volunteers for their efforts.

"We did our part to help Obama win Iowa," Neunaber said.

Although Obama received 303 electoral votes, enough for another four years in office, the incumbent did not win Plymouth County Tuesday.

Unofficially, county voters cast 4,148 ballots for Obama compared to 8,577 votes for Mitt Romney.

Neither Sturgeon or Neunaber were surprised that Romney, a Republican, captured more votes in Plymouth County.

Traditionally, the county has had a higher number of Republican voters than Democrats.

"The numbers were not in our favor," Sturgeon said.

Both he and Neunaber shared similar thoughts about Plymouth County voters choosing incumbent Steve King, R-Kiron, for the U.S. House of Representatives Fourth District seat.

Unofficially, county voters cast 8,596 ballots for King compared to 3,957 for his Democratic challenger Christie Vilsack.

"As Christie always says we're probably not going to win Plymouth County, but we have to reduce the margin," Neunaber said.

Sturgeon said local volunteers of the Democrat Party worked just as hard, if not harder to get Vilsack elected.

"We're never going to carry Plymouth County, the numbers just aren't there," he said.

But, the Democrats in Plymouth County never gave up their efforts to re-elect Obama and elect Vilsack, Sturgeon said.

In the last four days and the two Saturdays before the election volunteers made telephone calls and door-to-door visits to voters, he said.

"We were knocking on doors of Democrats or Independents who could be Democrats," Sturgeon said. "We have to work hard for every vote."

Because numbers aren't in the Democrats favor in Plymouth County, he said it's important to capture the undecided voter's vote.

"We got so many of our die hards to vote early," Sturgeon said. "That way we could focus our resources on folks still out there to get them to vote for us."

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