Obama wins nation, but Romney takes Ottawa County

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:48 AM

Mitt Romney took most of Ottawa County, which traditionally votes Republican, with 74 percent of the vote.

But revelers didn’t let that get them down.

“I’m a very strong Obama supporter, so I’ve been really into it,” said Grand Haven resident Scott Ohlendorf.

Ohlendorf celebrated with other Ottawa County Democratic supporters at a campaign party at Old Boys’ Brewhouse in Spring Lake as state after state went blue.

“It’s been a long day,” he said late Tuesday night. “No matter what side you’re on, you’re extremely passionate. …There is no middle ground.”

Doug Zylstra, vice chairman of the Ottawa County Democratic Party, said there was a lot done to make a last-minute push for the president.

“Of all of the days we were campaigning, this is the largest day for volunteers,” he said.

Zylstra noted that people seem to have gained confidence in showing their support of Obama as Election Day drew closer.

“People on our side were nervous at the beginning of the month,” he said.

Zylstra said volunteers hit the phones hard for Obama, and did what they could to make sure people voted.

Jack Holmes, campaign manager for the Ottawa County GOP, said his office made every last-minute push it could to support Romney’s bid for the White House.

“I think that it was a very close election,” Holmes said. “It was an election of who turned out to vote.”

Referring to Romney’s defeat, Holmes said it seemed that the nation voted for more divisiveness.

“It seemed in some respects, the voters voted for continued gridlock,” Holmes said. “I think the country is very closely split, and there’s a small number of people who are in between.”

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