Obama loses Allen County by wider margin than 2008

November 7, 2012

LIMA President Barack Obamas visit to Allen County late in the presidential campaign didnt appear to sway voters, as he lost the county by a wider margin than four years ago.

Republican challenger Gov. Mitt Romney won Allen County over Obama with 61 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results Tuesday night.

In 2008, Obama garnered 38 percent of the vote. In the region, voters in this heavily Republican region said they supported Romney, even when he wasnt their ideal candidate.

Dana Reid, 55, voting at Lima Central Catholic High School, said he supported Romney.

We cant continue building a deficit for our kids. And, its not fair to fine people if they dont have insurance, Reid said. And, I dont want illegal Mexicans crossing the border and getting citizenship in two years.

Duane Campbell, 46, of Lima, voted with his daughters, Brittney Campbell, 24, and Christina Campbell, 23. All three supported Obama, saying they trusted him with policies that would continue to grow the economy.

It takes a long time to building something back after its been destroyed. It didnt take long at all to destroy the economy. Slowly but surely, hes building it back. It takes time, Duane Campbell said.

His daughters voted in their second presidential election Tuesday, casting re-election votes.

I trust him. Hes here for us, Christina Campbell said. I know he can do it.

Rick Duffy, of rural Cridersville, said he could not support Obama because of social issues.

He supports gay marriage, abortion. He also has raised the debt. Weve all heard the reasons why he needs to be out of office, Duffy said.

Even supporters of the president who voted for his re-election said they havent supported all of his decisions.

The president hasnt done as great a job as he could do, but Im a huge fan of his social policies, said Tiffany Becker, 27, a Lima resident who said she attends school in Columbus. I have a lot of gay friends there, and I have found what he has done on that issue commendable. Its important to me and its one of the big reasons I voted for him.

James Oglesbee, 69, who voted at Bradfield Community Center, said he wants to see the economy improve, but supported Obama.

Im not happy with all hes done, but the other guy is for the rich man. With his businesses overseas, hes looking out for them. Once people get rich, they get greedy and want more, Oglesbee said. How many jobs did the president save at Chrysler? In Ohio? I dont even know. A lot.

Oglesbee said if re-elected, the president needs to do more to grow the economy. Hed also like to see Obama come around on the Abrams tank issue, he said. The presidents administration and Pentagon have wanted to shutter the Lima-based program that produces tanks, saying the military has enough and the temporary closure would save money.

Mark and Rebecca Phillips, voting at Lima West Middle School, werent waiting for the president to change his mind. Self-described conservative voters, they went with the candidate who has openly supported keeping the Abrams program, Romney.

Were voting for jobs, Rebecca Phillips, 31, said. My husband works at the tank plant. And, we dont believe in Obamacare. Its going to cost the country quite a bit.

Some voters didnt love their choices.

Ben Rife, 27, of Lima, voted for Romney, but didnt love it.

Hes definitely not my ideal candidate, but hes more closely aligned to my beliefs than anyone else in our tragic two-party system, Rife said.

David Carpenter, 70, of Lima, echoed the sentiment, saying he hasnt had good choices in a presidential general election since the 1960s.

I voted for Romney; hes the lesser of two evils, Carpenter said.