Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

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November 6, 2012

Republicans keep control of county

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"It shows we're fired up in Hendricks County," O'Brien said.

It helped that Republican gubernatorial nominee Mike Pence had a constant presence here. Avon served as a regional campaign headquarters for him, where get-out-the-vote efforts throughout west central Indiana were conducted.

"We spent months knocking on doors every weekend and making calls six days a week, 12 hours a day," O'Brien said. "This is a reflection of that effort. We have a bunch of great volunteers."

While Hendricks has done as well as can be expected in weathering the still-sluggish economy, "It doesn't diminish the anxiety of what's happened at the federal level, with spending and a senate that's been unable to set a better trajectory for the country from a budgetary and economic standpoint," O'Brien said. "You're seeing high turnout that's a result from that angst. If you look at Hendricks County, maybe we're doing OK, but we're in a state that's tracking along with the national unemployment rate and shares those concerns."

He believes a Romney presidency would usher in a federal government that's serious about addressing these fiscal issues.

"The direction of the country from a budget standpoint is unsustainable," O'Brien said. "We need a guy like Mitt Romney to be honest with people about where we're at and the appropriate role for the federal government in interacting with the economy. We need predictability with tax rates and health care costs Ñ all the things that have sustained this recession far longer than historical accounts. I think that's what you'd see over the next four years, and beyond that, hopefully some pretty good economic growth."

As O'Brien says this, the room breaks out in applause when it's announced on TV that Romney has won Indiana.

"One down and a lot more to go," he said in response.

All of the election results announced Tuesday evening were preliminary. Final results will not be certified until the day after the election, and provisional ballots will not be counted for another week.

wade.coggeshall@flyergroup.com

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