Published March 5, 2008
YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning Valley came through in a big way for U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, helping to breathe new life into her bid to capture the Democratic presidential nomination.
Clinton, D-N.Y., won Ohio with Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties greatly exceeding her margin of victory in the Buckeye State.
“The Valley came out in strong support of her,” said Youngstown Councilwoman Carol Rimedio-Righetti, who is actively involved in Clinton’s local campaign. “The Youngstown area worked hard for her and it paid off. It was old grassroots politics, going door-to-door and campaigning hard.”
Unofficial results with 81 percent of the state reporting had Clinton with 56 percent of the vote.
She received 71 percent of the Columbiana County vote and 64 percent of the vote in Mahoning County with all precincts reporting.
Clinton received 68 percent of the vote in Trumbull County with 94 percent of the precincts reporting.
“We’re exhilarated by this win,” said Harry Meshel, Clinton’s Mahoning County coordinator and a convention delegate for her. “It breathes new life into her campaign. She’s shown she can win in the big states and obviously, Ohio is among those. It’s amazing. She won considerably well in the Mahoning Valley.”