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Kerry and Bush supporters: a contrast of emotions
The campaign and Tuesday’s results indeed proved that Ohio was split in its support for President Bush and Senator Kerry.
Now that the race is over, the division remained evident in the reactions of each candidate’s supporters.
The Bush Cheney headquarters south of downtown was fairly quiet. A few Bush supporters watched election coverage on television. Other workers packed up campaign signs and boxes of voter lists.
But it was certainly a happy clean up. Bush volunteers Darlene Heinel and Mick Turner said they were relieve and elated by the president’s win.
In the short north the mood was different.
A sign in a High Street kitchen design shop read – “Small Business for Kerry”. Inside, the owner Mary Ellen Baker, coped with the loss of her candidate, “I’m depressed.”
In a store front just down the street, Summer Hunt, a worker for an organization to get young people to vote removed posters from the front window. The sound echoed through the empty room once filled with kerry supporters. Summer Hunt’s hard work did not pay off.
Her group and others did boost democratic turnout, but the Republicans also got out their vote. Ohio Republican Party spokesman Jason Mauk says their effort was keyed the president’s victory in Ohio.
Mauk says they now have to work to bring Ohio and the nation together after the devisive. He says even thought republicans stregenthed their grip on the house and senate, president Bush, will do that.
Kerry supporter mary ellen baker is not so optimistic. She says president Bush has devided the nation.
There is one thing the supporters interviewed agreed on, they are glad the election is over.