To Cast Vote for Obama, Republican Drives 600 Miles Back To Hometown
There are only eleven more days left until the Election Day on November 4. Then, the next United States President will be elected. It will either be GOP Presidential nominee Senator John McCain of Arizona or Democratic Presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.
So far, there is no denying that Obama has been getting strong support from those within the GOP. On Sunday, Colin Powell, one of the most prominent Republicans let alone black Republicans had publicly endorsed Obama. This could be one of the most powerful and symbolic endorsements Obama could receive.
In regards to support from registered Republicans, Obama has been a good portion of it. As a result, it has forced McCain to play defense in states that current US President George W. Bush has won back in 2000 and 2004.
In regards to one Republican voter and delegate for the 2004 GOP Convention, this really takes the cake. This story would make someone gape in amazement and shock. And this is a delegate that has given his support for Bush back in 2004.
For Aaron Wheeler, one of the 16 black GOP delegates, and one that supported Bush, voted for Obama. While Wheeler is black, he did not vote for Obama because of the color of his skin.
Wheeler’s decision was driven by two factors.
The first factor was the state of the economy. In consistent polls conducted within the last several months, the issue of the economy came out at number one.
The second factor was the constant attacks against Obama by McCain’s VP running-mate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
Wheeler said he was in tears when he voted for Obama. Also, it is the first time that Wheeler has ever voted Democrat. However, Wheeler can join the club of other Republicans voting Democrat for the first time.
One can ask: What is the significance of this story?
To answer that, Wheeler had driven 600 miles back to his hometown in Ohio from Virginia. Keep in mind that Ohio is one of the critical battleground states that need to be won.
While Wheeler recently moved to Virginia, he could have gotten an absentee ballot. However, Wheeler decided to actually drive back to his hometown in Ohio to cast his vote for Obama.
In regards to Republicans giving support for Obama, this really takes the cake. It is not every election year that you see a Republican driving back home that is hundreds of miles away to vote Democrat and vice-versa.
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