DELAWARE, OH (WCMH)–More than any other county in Ohio, Republicans in Delaware County voted for John Kasich in this year’s primary pulling in almost 64 percent of the vote. It was Donald Trump’s worst-performing county.
Democrats know they can’t win in Delaware County, but they do see an opportunity to win over some Republicans. Hillary Clinton polls better than Trump among voters with a college degree, and Delaware County has the highest percentage of college-educated voters in the state.
The campaign sent former President Bill Clinton to Delaware Friday.
Speaking to a crowd at the county fairgrounds, Clinton said, “We’ve got to figure out how we’re going to live together. We can’t keep treating each other the way we’ve seen in this campaign.”
Clinton was interrupted by a protester who started chanting repeatedly, “Bill Clinton is a rapist.” The protester was holding a sign that said, “Infowars.com” and “9-11 was an inside job.”
Last week, Infowars, founded by right wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, reportedly offered $5,000 to anyone who would interrupt Clinton events by chanting, “Bill Clinton is a rapist.”
The former president acknowledged the anger and frustration that’s evident in this year’s election.
“We gotta figure out how we’re going to live together,” Clinton said. “We can’t keep treating each other the way we’ve seen in this campaign.”
Kim Summerfield, who says she supported John Kasich in the primary, says she was worn down by all the negativity.
“He never put anybody down,” Summerfield said. “He didn’t talk negative about anybody. He told you what you needed to hear.” She said she would have voted for Kasich “in a heartbeat.”
Stephanie Perkins says she usually leans Republican, but Donald Trump’s harsh rhetoric and demeaning comments about various groups turned her off.
“Those aren’t Republican values and so I can’t get behind that,” Perkins said. “I don’t think that’s what my values are.”
Karen Poremski, a “dyed in the wool” Democrat, says the Clinton strategy may be working.
“I have a few Republican friends who are voting for Hillary for sure – I know that for sure,” she said.
Former Ohio Governor Dick Celeste gave a rousing speech to the crowd. Afterward, he said John Kasich saw in Donald Trump what many Republicans are now seeing.
“As they reflect on the character in the person they want in the White House, I think they’re more and more convinced that Hillary Clinton would be substantially better than Donald Trump.”
Clinton urged supporters to “go vote” and left them with this thought about a potential Trump presidency, “If you do not want somebody to drive the truck off of the cliff, do not give them the keys.”