MOUNT VERNON — Joy and excitement abounded at The Alcove Restaurant on Tuesday evening when Knox County Republican Party members gathered for the 2010 general election dinner and celebration. Party supporters were anxious yet positive as election results began to trickle in from the board of elections.
Bruce Hawkins sat with his laptop computer constantly updating the computer results page for everyone to see on a big screen while others sat watching national election results on television.
As the Knox County results were finalized, Knox County Republican Party Chairman Chip McConville called for attention and read the list of numerous party winners to rounds of applause and cheers. McConville was happy to report that John Kasich for state governor was successful in Knox County, taking 60.72 percent of the vote; and that Bob Gibbs, candidate for 18th District Congressional Representative, also was victorious in Knox County with 63.44 percent of the vote.
“It was a pretty strong turnout,” said McConville, “and it looks like it may be some good success for the Republicans,” as the state tallies were not yet completed. “We put a lot of effort into the absentee voters, and it looks like it paid off.”
In looking at the state races, “We’re expecting to turn the House over to the Republicans,” said McConville. “We need four seats to do that, and that will be a significant change.”