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Chuck Lasker

Chuck Lasker
Princeville, Hawaii, USA
October 09
Chuck grew up in Long Island, New York, but has lived in Central Indiana since 1985. Married over 26 years, two adult sons, Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, and a lifelong Republican, Chuck enjoys political blogging, writing, and visiting Kauai, Hawaii. Chuck's varied career history includes engineering, sales, VP of Marketing & Operations, and Internet & marketing consulting. Chuck has been featured in the media, including the New York Times, as an active Republican for Obama, creating an interesting debate online and in the press. Today Chuck considers himself simply a moderate.


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NOVEMBER 6, 2008 2:24PM

Most Republican County in Indiana Delivers Obama Victory

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For the first time in 44 years, the state of Indiana voted for a Democrat for President. While we know about the massive coordinated Obama campaign volunteer effort, it is essential to mention the strong and active Republicans for Obama movement in Indiana. These RFOs, as they're called [full disclosure: I'm one of them], received local, national and international attention, including the New York Times, XM Radio, coverage in Brazil and the 100 million Japan Broadcasting Station viewers worldwide.

These RFOs were supported by the Obama campaign, and, through meetings, emails, telephone calls, blogs, and one-on-one discussions, created an impressive impact in Indiana.Indianapolis NBC affiliate, WTHR, writes:

"Obama got some help from Republicans in his Indiana win. More than a third of Indiana voters said they consider themselves Republicans, and a strong majority of them voted for McCain. But the percentage of self-described Republican voters supporting McCain was smaller than the number who voted for President Bush in 2004."

I live in Hamilton County, known to be the most Republican county in Indiana, and one of the richest counties in the United States. At the polls, there were over a dozen positions with no Democratic candidate even on the ballot. On Election Day, Hamilton County voted almost straight Republican. In fact, Barack Obama lost Hamilton County. But that does not mean Hamilton County did not play a major role in Obama winning Indiana.

According to the official election statistics:

129,256 people voted in Hamilton County on Election Day.

38.44%, or 49,691, voted for Obama.

In 2004, Hamilton County gave Kerry only 25.2% of the vote.

So, the difference between what Kerry and Obama received is 13.24%, or an extra 17,113 Hamilton County votes went to Obama compared to the Kerry vote percentage.

Obama won Indiana by 22,986 votes.

That means about 75% of the reason for Obama winning Indiana was from Hamilton County voters.

In September, WTHR covered one of our Republicans for Obama meetings. They interviewed me, then went to an exclusive golf course clubhouse to interview the Hamilton County Republican Party Chairman, Charlie White. The following quotes are prescient of the change that was coming:

"Anyone alleged Republican who is for Obama, is either not a Republican, but they are into more form than substance," says White, said: "If you can fit 'em in a couple of mini-vans, its not a movement."

But Republicans for Obama say the GOP supporters may be surprised come November 4th, "it's going to be a lot more than a mini-van," says Lasker.

 Even if only 10% of the 17,000 voters in Hamilton County who helped tip the scales towards Obama were Republican, I would conclude that 1,700 people would have a difficult time fitting into a couple of even the largest Hamilton County soccer mom's mini-vans.

The lesson learned is simple. One man joining together with others for a cause can create a ripple, that makes a change, that tips a state, that tips an election, and changes the world. As President-Elect Obama said in his acceptance speech, "And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can."


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Glad to hear Indiana came to its senses Chuck! My last check, Indiana was still gray. Thanks for the info. Must've been very close huh?

Obama won, at this point, by 23,000 votes! That's close, but it's a win!
Thanks for your work. Down here in New Albany it was hard enough to get the Democrats to vote Obama (Floyd County was 55-45 McCain). Independents made up much of Obama's 45 points.

Tell me more about this "Republicans for Obama." Maybe I'll become a Republican and form an RFO chapter in 2012. Seriously. The Democratic party down here is primarily DINO.
What it sounds like to me, Randy, is you'd be interested in a centrist party alternative to both the Democratic and Republican parties. I wrote about a potential movement for that here:

I've been trying to contact some top ex-Republicans and unhappy centrist Republicans about this. But I'm just some guy off the street, and there was just an election, so I haven't heard back. We'll see. I'll keep you informed.

For more about Republicans for Obama, check these links: