A few thoughts heading into Election Day:
… No one will ever accuse Allen County of being a bellwether when it comes to presidential elections. Voters have held to their conservative roots, and there is no reason to believe that won’t be true when the votes get counted Tuesday on Election Day.
In 1996, Republican challenger Bob Dole received 10,000 more votes in the county than President Bill Clinton, who won Ohio on his way to re-election. In 2008, 60 percent of voters picked John McCain, compared with 38 percent voting for Barack Obama, who also carried Ohio.
The county did support a winner in 2000 and 2004, supporting President George W. Bush by a 2-to-1 margin. The age-old lesson here: No Republican has ever been elected president without winning Ohio.
… There’s a reason the whispers going around that Republican Jim Jordan could get upset in the 4th Congressional District are just whispers: It’s not going to happen. This will be the eighth election for Jordan since he won the seat in 2006, and he’s always won by at least 60 percent of the vote. In 2010, he captured 71% of the vote, and the last three elections saw him winning by 67% in 2014, 68% in 2016 and 65% in 2018.
What will be interesting, however, is if Democrat Shannon Freshour cuts into those numbers. She has run the most spirited campaign against Jordan during his 14 years in office. She’s attacked his voting record, his closeness to President Donald Trump and his fiery persona.
… Jordan became the district’s first new representative in 25 years when he was voted in during 2006 to replace U.S. Rep. Mike Oxley, R-Findlay, who was retiring. When Oxley won his 12th term in Congress in 2004, he did so without carrying Allen County. Challenger Ben Konop took the heavily Republican County with more than 52 percent of the vote.
… Don’t be surprised if the security of the vote in Florida comes into question. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis got a shock when he went to an early voting site to cast his ballot last week. He was told his address had been changed from the governor’s mansion to 2185 Pretty Lane, a small apartment complex in West Palm Beach, 420 miles away. Authorities arrested Anthony Guevara, 20, but are still trying to figure out how he did it. Meanwhile, Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee is trying to convince voters the site is secure.
… A first could happen for Allen County after the election as both chambers of the Ohio Legislature could be led by county residents. The Ohio House could return Bob Cupp as the Speaker, and the state Senate could vote Matt Huffman as the next Senate president.
ROSES AND THORNS: It’s a nutty time in the rose garden.
Rose: To Glenn Dome, whose retirement Saturday saw the closing of Dome’s Nut Shop, a third-generation family-run business that had a presence in downtown Lima for 82 years. “I tell people I’ve served my time, and I’m being released on parole from the nut house,” Dome said.
Rose: To Kaelyn Clementz, 12, of Continental. As an 11-year-old she had a book published, “Jocelyn’s Cloud,” which shares fun stories that she and her grandmother shared about the clouds. She is the daughter of Kathy and Joshua Clementz.
Rose: Two area couples are celebrating more than 60 years of marriage:
• Maxine and Daniel Sutton of Lima will b married 65 on Thursday. Daniel sold insurance for 59 years.
• Charlotte and Alvin Lutterbein, of Lima, marked their 60th anniversary on Oct. 25.
Rose: In honor of Elaine Mikesell, 78, of Wapakoneta, who was killed in an automobile accident a few weeks ago. She was an active contributor to the comic strip “Pluggers.”
Thorn: The driver of a vehicle that struck a state patrol car last Monday near Celina is believed to have been drugs, according to the Wapakoneta patrol post. The patrol car was parked on U.S. 30 near Celina with its emergency lights flashing as Trooper Ryan LaMarr was writing a ticket. LaMarr was treated and released from the St. Marys hospital, while the driver of the vehicle which struck the patrol car was transported to the OSU Medical Center in Columbus.
Thorn: A person posing as a member of the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce has been telling members to send payment of their dues to her.
PARTING SHOT: “Elections are when people find out what politicians stand for, and politicians find out what people will fall for.” — Alfred E. Neuman
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.
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