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Will Valley embrace Obama Tuesday?

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published November 2, 2008

Bruce DuMont, host of the nationally syndicated radio talk show "Beyond the Beltway" was back in Youngstown Sunday to get a pulse of this area's voters on the eve of the historic presidential election. DuMont was at the studios of WKBN-AM 570, which airs his show every Sunday, where he discussed the election with local observers and took calls from around the country.

His guests were David Johnson, chairman of the Columbiana County Republican Party, and this writer in the first hour, and local WKBN talk show hosts Dan Rivers and Robert Mangino in the second hour. Talk show host Ron Verb interacted with the audience.

As he has done in the past, DuMont used this region to get a sense of what voters are thinking. He believes that the outcome of Tuesday's balloting, especially in Mahoning and Trumbull counties, could provide a clear picture of what will happen in Ohio.

Polls released Sunday showed the Buckeye State still a toss-up between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain. The predominantly Democratic Mahoning and Trumbull counties are crucial to Obama's victory. If he hits the 60 percent threshold, he will have the momentum to carry this battleground state. Republicans are fighting hard to ensure that McCain scores in the high 40s in the Valley.

The GOP is also aware that older, white, blue-collar voters still aren't entirely sold on Obama, whose father was a black man from Africa and mother a white woman from Kansas. Even at this late date, the Democrat's race remains the big unknown factor in the election.

It will be interesting to see how well Obama does in this region compared with Hillary Clinton's overwhelming win in the March Democratic primary.





1ismellmyhand(26 comments)posted 7 years, 8 months ago

Obama was a member of some of the most discriminatory rascist and anti-gay institutions you can conceive of. His people have nothing in common with most Youngstowners. I think it is funny that even blacks support him. When the state owns your bank(account), your health care, your mortgage payment or house (bailout or section 8), your education and your job... you are a slave. Youngstowners are selling themselves into slavery in exchange for practically nothing. Rich people will avoid the negative consequences of an Obama administration no matter what. The solution for YTown is to stop being so dang hostile to business people and to trade your support for something real... the Dems have done nothing for youngstown in 30 years including Carter. And you voted majority Dem every single election. You missed the Reagan, Bush and Clinton booms because you are so ignorant or perhaps merely naive. Don't trust your guts! Vote McCain.

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2ismellmyhand(26 comments)posted 7 years, 8 months ago

You gut when it says vote Democrat is wrong. Can't you people tell? Or is it really that hard when you are on the inside of the cage looking out? The Democrats harvest Youngstowners like a farmer harvests crops. But instead of sunshine and water you are fed misery in exchange for Dem votes and hope. What has that got you? I thought so. I know so. That's why I left this town. But it sure was nice to grow up in YTown and is still nice to visit.

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3valleyred(1103 comments)posted 7 years, 8 months ago

Obama barely wins the valley.

McCain wins Ohio.

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