Republicans disappointed as Romney falls short

As lifelong Republican Al Logan watched presidential election results pour in Tuesday night, he shook his head at reports that Barack Obama would likely be re-elected as president.

"Some of the local races will affect us, but not as much as this," said Logan, who had a front-row seat near a projector showing Fox News at the Republic Party election event at Medford's Lithia Superstore.

"It puts you on the edge of your seat to watch," he said.

At just after 8 p.m., Fox News reported that Obama probably would secure the electoral votes to win the election, which Logan believes means bad news for Americans.

"My kids and my grandkids will be paying for what he does in the next four years," said Logan, a Jackson County native who lives in Shady Cove.

Mitt Romney was clearly the leader among Jackson County voters, however, with 36,429, or 51 percent, voting for the former Massachusetts governor, and 32,816, or 45.9 percent, voting for Obama in early returns.

After the news, party loyalists began to trickle out of the showroom, which held more than 200 supporters from around the region.

"This is not good for the country, not good at all," said Romney supporter Stan Alexander. "We definitely were hoping Romney would win."

Alexander said he believed Romney's strong business sense would have helped the country's economy.

"It would have been better for jobs," said Alexander, of White City. "Obama is just not suitable to a business environment."

Alexander said he believed that Romney becoming president would have been the best outcome for all Americans.

"I believe he knows what's better for the economics of this country, and that's what's better for everyone," he said.

Former Democrat Pat Villaescusa said she had voted for Romney this year because she and her husband felt abandoned by the Democratic Party because of their religion.

"We are lifelong Democrats, but we are Catholics and the Democratic Party has left us," said Villaescusa. "Obama has been at war with the Catholic Church."

Villaescusa's daughter, Toni Huebner, said she supported Romney because of the accomplishments he already had under his belt.

"I believe in everything Romney stands for," said Huebner, who has always been a Republican.

If Obama was declared the winner, Huebner said she would be very disappointed.

"It's been four awful years, and it will remain that way," she said.

As the night wore on, Jackson County Republicans glanced off and on at updates on Obama's victory, with Romney trailing by more than 70 electoral votes by 9 p.m., according to Fox News.

"We'll have to live with it, but I don't know how well we will support him," said Ron Meyer, a local pear grower who lives in Talent.

Meyer said that as a businessman himself, he identified more with Romney's background, and had high hopes for his election.

"We don't care for the socialist European philosophies of the Obama administration," said Meyer.

Despite the presidential loss, some Republicans remained in good spirits Tuesday night.

"The Republican Party is very resilient," said Constance Travesi, of White City. "We're going to just bounce back better than ever."

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