My Primary Election Day started early on when I cast my ballot at the Union Church in Lake Bluff, the site of two Shields Township precincts including my own, District #238, afterwhich I made calls urging registered voters to go to the polls.
By 10:00 p.m. most of the precinct votes had been counted and the results were visually displayed at the Lake County Clerk's website where the percentages of votes cast for each candidate were noted by red bar links.
Following is a quick summary of how the candidates fared in Lake County as supplied by Shield Township Precinct Captain, Daniel Bryant of Lake Forest:
- Mitt Romney handily won with 56% of the vote;
- Yours truly will be one of his delegates and I look forward to representing Mitt at the National Convention in Tampa in August;
- Lauren Turelli defeated Mark Neerhof in a tight race for State Representative 53% - 47%;
- David Barkhausen defeated Rick Lesser in a hard fought race for the District 13 County Board Seat 52% -48%;
- Mike Rummel defeated Scott Helton in the District 12 County Board Seat 60% - 40%;
- Mike Nerheim won the extremely competitive State’s Attorney’s race by winning 43% of the vote, with Louise Hayes winning 28.5% and Bryan Winter 28%. Unfortunately for Louise, the 3-way race was the most expensive race across the county by a wide margin and that proved difficult to overcome;
- Steve Newton defeated Howard Cooper for Coroner 56% -44%;
- Keith Brin defeated Gerald Dietz for County Clerk in an extremely close race 51% -49%;
- Bob Bednar defeated Marty Blumenthal for Lake County Recorder 53% -47%; and
- The City of Lake Forest question regarding the program for aggregation of its own electricity was a resounding “yes” by 74% of the vote (The Village of Lake Bluff likely garnered a resounding "yes" vote.).
Curious to see how many Republicans voted in my own precinct and the vote tally for each candidate I had endorsed, I drove to the Union Church the morning after the election to check the vote tally posted on the front door of the Union Church, as is required by law at all official polling place.
On the tally, dated 3/20/2012: A total of 293 votes were cast in Precinct #238: Democrat (66) Republican (227).
Among the candidates who won in my Shields Township #238 precinct, but who lost in Lake County were: Dr. Mark Neerhof (Illinois State House #59); Dr. Howard Cooper (Lake County Coroner); and Louise Hayes (Lake County State's Attorney).
On first glance my record of endorsing losers seems to indicate that I am a poor judge of candidates. All of my candidate picks lost except David Barkhausen who won his bid to represent Lake County Board #13.
Other factors, however, were in play that helped eek out victories for Lauren Turelli (IL House District 59) and Steven Newton (Lake County Coroner) over my endorsed candidates, Dr. Mark Neerhof and Dr. Howard Cooper, who I thought were better equipped to go up against their Democrat challengers in November.
The results of the Primary Elections only strengthened my pre-election assessments of Lauren Turelli and Steve Newton. Both will face uphills battle in their quests to win in November over the very strong candidates Democrats have chosen to pit against them. Also in play is that Democrats need only to hold on to the two positions now on the Democrat side of the aisle.
Going up against Republican Lauren Turelli in November is Democrat Scott Drury. Republican Steve Newton will face Democrat Dr. Thomas Rudd, a Lake Forest Hospital Pathologist.
It is certain that Lauren Turelli's challenger for IL House will bring up Turelli's insistence that she was awarded a Cambridge University degree in England when documented facts on hand prove otherwise.
Regarding the battle for the Lake County Office of the Coroner, Dr. Tom Rudd who won over his Democrat establishment-backed challenger, incumbent Artis Yancey, will more than likely dig out some of Newton's baggage to put on display.
The in-control Republican establishment in Lake County will possibly regret the day come November when early on it decided to throw its support, power, and money behind candidates Lauren Turelli and Steve Newton in its attempt to seize back from Democrat control IL House seat # 58 and the Office of the Coroner. Yet I wish Lauren Turelli and Steve Newton well in their respective races.
Regarding the November elections, the Republican voter turn out of registered Republicans on Primary Election Day was dismal at 24% (the lowest in 70 years), which doesn't bode well for positive results come November.
Voter apathy was most likely in play. Were voters turned off with negative campaigning by their local candidates?
Most likely many Republican and conservative voters were not pleased with the way presidential candidate Mitt Romney came into Illinois to carpet bag the state with millions of dollars of ads -- They lacked accuracy given the situations Sanatorium faced when making the votes Romney targeted -- to convince conservative voters that he (Romney) really is a conservative rather than the moderate that he is?
This mode of operation in states prior to Illinois where Romney outspent candidates 7 to 1, and which promises to continue as Romney moves to other states, is upsetting to Republican base voters who Romney needs to win in November.
I am not political savvy enough to know if Romney can heal the wounds he has created with his Republican base in what amounts to buying the delegates he needs state-wise to become the Republican candidate to go up against President Barack Obama in November.
Even if conservative voters are able to consolidate behind Romney because he represents any one but Obama, it is doubtful whether there will be sufficient enthusiasm for the work needed at the ground level throughout the nation to propel Romney to victory (It matters not in Illinois even with a Mitt Romney win, because Illinois is Obamaland and Obama country.).
One thing I do know, if Republican voter apathy continues into November, this nation well be in deep trouble with the election of Barack Obama to his second term.
One thing is certain, Obama's promotion of green energy while disregarding the massive, as-of-yet untapped energy resources located here in the U.S., and his determination to have Obamacare take effect in 2013, will result in a piling on of even more debt for future generations, more unemployment, less prosperity, and the continued loss of our freedom to choose what we want and when we want it, and not what the government tells us we should have and when.