CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Dan Stoddard and his wife Joy watch and listen as Republican presidential candidate John McCain concedes the presidency race and congratulates Barack Obama on Tuesday night at Dakota’s Steakhouse.
With news of Barack Obama winning the presidential election and John McCain’s subsequent concession speech Tuesday night, many in Clovis expressed disappointment at the outcome.
While New Mexico overwhelmingly voted in favor of Obama, more than 65 percent of Curry County residents voted for McCain, according to precinct votes totaled in the late evening.
As the news broke, patrons at Webb’s Watering Hole expressed their disappointment loudly, shouting “shut-up” as they were told Obama won.
But bartender Didi Sandoval said she was pleased with the result.
“They’re disappointed. I voted for him, but they don’t seem very happy over here about it.”
At the Clovis Republican Party’s victory bash at Dakota’s Steak house, disappointment about the presidential outcome was mixed with pleased satisfaction as local republicans candidates showed to be faring well in state and county races.
“I know it’s stating the obvious, but this is truly one of the most historic election in our nation’s history,” said Eastern New Mexico University history professor Donald Elder.
Elder said it’s yet to be determined if Obama’s victory originates from voters voting for Obama or against the eight years of the Bush administration.
“It seems to me the American people chose hope and possibility in this election,” he said.
Elder compared Obama’s presidential candidacy to Andrew Jackson who ran in 1828 and Abraham Lincoln who ran in 1860.
He said Jackson was born into poverty unlike presidential candidates before him.
“His opponents portrayed it like if you elect him this is the downfall of American Civilization,” Elder said. “Because he’s not like all the other presidents like the (George) Washingtons or the (John) Adams. And yet he said, ‘I will change things, I will represent the people.’”
Similar to Obama, Lincoln served two terms in the Illinois State Legislature and served one term in congress before running for president.