Reaction after the election |

Reaction after the election

Ryan Slabaugh
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE ” Joy. Sadness. Relief. So go the emotions the day after one of the biggest elections in the country’s history.

Local business owner Rob McAuliffe said he voted for Barack Obama, who won in convincing fashion over John McCain Tuesday night in one of the largest recorded national voter turnouts. His wife, however, voted for the Republican nominee.

“I wouldn’t want Obama’s job though,” said McAuliffe. “It’s a time when we really need to change, and that’s what Obama was promoting.”

Judy Holmquist, president of the Truckee-Tahoe Republican women, woke up disappointed Wednesday morning. She said while they need to give Obama a shot to prove he can initiate the necessary changes, the grassroots push called for by the Republican National Committee late Tuesday night already started locally.

“I was down at the Republican headquarters all day Tuesday making calls ” and we had some lovely young ladies from the high school helping us,” Holmquist said. “We do have young republicans out there who will be stepping in.”

John Foster, chairman of the Placer County Democratic Party, said he was proud of his grassroots push.

“I spent the day on the corner, standing in the snow, wondering if I could talk to more people, pass the word along to a few more folks,” Foster said. “But that’s the nature of these elections. You always wonder if you can do more.”

Holmquist had one last thought, though, for area Republicans.

“We’re not giving up,” she said. “Don’t think that at all.”

McAuliffe, though, said he wouldn’t mind a bit of a break from the recent political onslaught.

“I’ll be glad when all the signs can go,” he said. “It gets old after a while.”

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