Congrats to the Republican Party organizations in the following “red” (McCain over Obama) counties: Adams, Bond, Brown, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Iroquois, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Johnson, Lawrence, Lee, Livingston, Logan, Marion, Marshall, Massac, Menard, Monroe, Morgan, Moultrie, Ogle, Perry, Piatt, Pike, Pope, Randolph, Richland, Saline, Scott, Shelby, Stark, Tazewell, Union, Vermilion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, Williamson, Woodford.
The “blue” losers: Alexander, Boone, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Coles, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Gallatin, Henderson, Henry, Jackson, JoDaviess, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, McLean, Mercer, Montgomery, Peoria, Pulaski, Putnam, Rock Island, Sangamon, Schuyler, St. Clair, Stephenson, Warren, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago.
Republicans in DuPage, Lake, Kane (where I live), McHenry, Kendall, Will, and DeKalb counties can and must do better. The local organizations have to work to reach more voters with better information. To do that, in many cases new local party leadership is needed. There is no doubt we’re going to need a better state party chairman and a completely new State Central Committee as well.
More participation by new people at the township and county party level will be critical. And let’s be honest – our elected officials aren’t exactly getting the job done as the front line sales force for the party’s brand. Retirements should be widely encouraged all across the state.
Here are the mostly ugly numbers:
©2008 John F. Biver