Obama wins easily in Nevada County
Sun news service
Barack Obama would have been Nevada County’s choice for President if Tuesday’s race had been the general election.
The Illinois Senator easily outdistanced all candidates here in a large Democratic turnout apparently attracted to him, trouncing Hillary Clinton within the party and John McCain overall.
“It’s a pretty good morning, I won my county,” said Sherri Walker, leader of Nevada County for Obama on Wednesday.
“It’s been a heartfelt kind of movement and people said they had never been so impacted by a candidate in their lives,” Walker said.
“Many said their parents talked about him being like (President John) Kennedy, but they didn’t get to experience it until now.”
About 100 people worked for the local Obama campaign, including a group of youths that had been independently stumping for him and came into the fold. It was the only visible campaign for a Presidential candidate in Nevada County.
“We worked hard,” said Tiffany Glasser, a precinct captain at Lake Wildwood. “I spoke with many older people who were in Barack’s corner because of his honesty and this isn’t exactly a Democratic registration stronghold down here.”
The group will take a short rest and then come back strong with plans for activities partially generated by a significant number of youths within the group, Glasser said.
As a former middle school teacher, Glasser said she was glad for American youth that Obama had emerged.
“Here’s somebody who can give them hope,” Glasser said. “I think that’s why they are attracted to him.”
Obama gathered 6,413 votes here or 48.6 percent of the Democratic tally to Hillary Clinton’s 5,206 votes for 39.5 percent. Coming in a distant third with those who chose to vote Democrat was John Edwards with 1,106 votes for just over 8 percent.
Obama’s plurality was even higher when pitted against front-running Republicans.
John McCain won among Nevada County Republicans with 4,906 votes or almost 37 percent to Mitt Romney’s 4,712 for 35 percent and Mike Huckabee’s 1,476 for 11 percent.
The results are unofficial and do not include mail and provisional votes that will be counted by the end of the week.
Richard Anderson, who has represented Truckee and eastern Nevada County’s District 5 since first being elected in 2012, has announced he will not seek re-election in 2020.