Program Note: Tune in for Gary Tuchman's report on 360°'s visit to King County tonight on AC360° at 10pm ET.
King County, Texas is a place for quail hunting, ranching, and beautiful countryside. It’s the kind of place where the residents know everyone in town–a place where people here feel so safe that they leave their homes and car doors unlocked.
It’s also where John McCain received the highest voter support in the country. 93.2 percent of King County voted for the Arizona senator and only 8 voters cast a ballot for Barack Obama. What’s most interesting is most people here are registered democrats.
Now that President Obama has taken over the reigns, we wanted to come to King County to find out how these voters feel about our new President.
At first, it was a challenge to get anyone to talk with us. We called ahead to let people know we were coming, but when we approached them people said they were simple people and had no desire to talk with us. Some people talked off camera about their concerns of having Barack Obama as their president. Others raised his religion as a concern still believing President Obama is a Muslim, but they weren’t comfortable going on camera.
Finally, we met people who were more than happy to talk and interview with us. We were told that county officials asked residents not to talk with us, but some decided they wanted to anyway. We talked with the principal of the county school. He told us he didn’t know any of the 8 voters who supported the president in November. Perhaps, he says, they’re keeping it quiet.
The main concern from most people was morality. They feel President Obama doesn’t share their beliefs about abortion and were much more comfortable with John McCain and Sarah Palin leading the country.
In a small church here, we met with a pastor, his wife and some of his congregation. The pastor says he encourages people to get over the election, embrace our new president and move forward. Some aren’t as ready as others to follow their pastor’s lead, but one church member says she’ll put her trust in God.
“Ultimately, God is in control, so he has a plan with Obama to be in there, so I’ll support God’s plan, and we’ll see what happens.”
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