Dave Blackstun, middle, and Brianna Myre-Wilensky react after hearing that Colorado was declared for Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday night at the Democratic watch party held at Vallarta's in Centennial Mall. More than 25 local Democrats turned out to watch election results, which showed Obama winning the 2008 presidential election.

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Dave Blackstun, middle, and Brianna Myre-Wilensky react after hearing that Colorado was declared for Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday night at the Democratic watch party held at Vallarta's in Centennial Mall. More than 25 local Democrats turned out to watch election results, which showed Obama winning the 2008 presidential election.

Moffat picks McCain, nation picks Obama

Local voters pick Republicans in all races

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Tom Gray, Republican incumbent and candidate for Moffat County Commission District 1 seat, reacts after looking at results from Craig on Tuesday at the Moffat County Courthouse. Preliminary numbers from Craig, early and mail-in voting, showed Gray beating Democratic rival Lois Wymore.

GOP-heavy Moffat County bucked the national and statewide outcome of Tuesday's presidential election, supporting the Republican candidate for president by more than 70 percent.

The John McCain/Sarah Palin Republican ticket earned more than double the votes of Democrats and eventual winners Barack Obama/Joe Biden in Moffat County.

McCain/Palin added 4,101 votes, or 70.48 percent, while the Obama/Biden ticket received 1,566 votes, or 26.91 percent.

Supporting the GOP has consistently been a theme for voters in Moffat County, where registered Republicans outnumber registered Democrats by about 4-to-1.

Wholesale support for Republican candidates was again the story Tuesday - Moffat County favored Republican candidates, many times by wide margins, in every race.

The trend came as no surprise to Ron Danner, chairman of the Moffat County Republican Central Committee.

"It doesn't surprise me at all," Danner said. "This is a fairly staunch Republican area and it always has been. : Typically, Republicans win races in Moffat County."

Danner said he was disappointed with the outcome at the top of this year's ticket, but pleased overall that the county supported many of the party's candidates.

"Disappointed, yes, in terms of values I hold as a Republican won't be (represented) on the presidential level," the county's party chairman said. However, he said, "from an organizational standpoint, I don't know what else we could have done."

Ted Crook, Moffat County Democrats chairman, was optimistic that Obama and Biden will prove successful American leaders.

"I think there's a good chance we have the right president," he said. "I hope he's allowed to do the right thing."

Crook said his No. 1 issue in this year's presidency was the national economy, and that Obama picked the right advisers in Joe Stiglitz and Saul Krugman.

Krugman, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, also writes a column for The New York Times.

Both of them feel we can weather the storm financially, but that conservative principles - primarily free market lack of regulations - will sink us," Crook said.

He added he was not disappointed by local support for Democratic candidates.

"We, of course, always hope for a stronger showing, but the truth is we haven't really been present, as a party, for some time," Crook said. "That is changing. There is more to come."

Comments

freeman 5 years, 9 months ago

GO OBAMA,,WE NEED CHANGE INCLUDING THE MOFFAT COUNTY COMMISSION

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COFFEEQUEEN 5 years, 9 months ago

I am glad to see Moffat County supported McCain/Palin and local Republicans. Unfortunately, we are stuck with Boulder liberal Mark Udalll-don't expect him to represent rural values-and John Salazar, not to mention Gov. Ritter. We have alot of work to do to keep rural Northwest Colorado from being neglected on a state and national level.

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rhammel 5 years, 9 months ago

It is not difficult to keep your members of congress, or governor informed of your thoughts. Just write them a letter stating your veiws. I write both Salazars all the time on issues that I feel they need to know and understand. They really appreciate letters from their constistuants like you and I.

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als362 5 years, 9 months ago

I wonder if this jerk will want to use the Koran for this oath of office just as he did for his Senate seat? Just one more reason why he should be deported, along with his inabillity to honor the flag or the Pledge of Allegiance. Send him over to the middle east with all the other Osama's

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WakeUpCraig 5 years, 9 months ago

You all are so funny! Where did you get your info? He NEVER used the Koran. Watch an informed show or read a magazine.....it will help you out immensely.

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Neal Harkner 5 years, 9 months ago

als362 - Obama is NOT a muslim. Period. The congressman who was sworn in using a Koran is Keith Ellison (D-MN).

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50cal 5 years, 9 months ago

whether he is or not the Muslim world considers him to be and remember that in the Koran its legal to lie to infidels like us.

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50cal 5 years, 9 months ago

judge your future by your friends Pat. I don't see his future as being one which coincides with what this country was founded on. of course we wouldn't have gone down this far if people stood up for their beliefs and didn't want to be taken care of from the cradle to the grave. what a lazy country this has become.

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grannyrett 5 years, 9 months ago

50-I've missed your comments and your lightheartedness. Glad you're back. All we can do now is wait and watch. I hope I'm wrong about were I think this country is going. I really do. Time alone will tell if this has been a big mistake. In the meantime, the republicans had better get it together and get someone ready to run in 2012 that really represents main street America. I just hope that we don't slip into a real depression before that happens.

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