Panama City Locals React To Election Results

By: Elizabeth Prann Email
By: Elizabeth Prann Email

The much anticipated election is finally over and News Channel 7 wanted to find out how the locals felt about the results.

The supervisor of elections office unofficially tallied more than 81,000 ballots between early voting and yesterday's election day. More than 56,000 voters wanted Senator McCain to be our president, and about 23,000 voted for Senator Barack Obama.

We headed down to Coram's Restaurant on 23rd early this morning and found that the opinions were mixed from dozens of locals.

Many voters who seemed disappointed in the outcome did not want to go on camera. But in no way, does that mean Bay County won't stand by their country and hope for the best.

"Certainly I am going to support him, he is not the man I voted for but it is the man that the people of the United States have chosen," said Panama City resident, Tim Law.

Panama City Local, Laura Myers said, "Well, whatever happens, happens. We'll see how it goes I guess. Everything is in the Lords hands and we'll see. It is disappointing, I was hoping McCain would win."

Voters in Bay County got very involved in both the local and the national election this year. Early voting was very popular considering the thousands that went to the polls before election day.

Another Panama City resident Dave Goen added, "I think it was a historic moment in history for this county. When I graduated from high school in 1950 I would never considering something like this happening."


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  • by Miggity on Nov 7, 2008 at 05:11 PM
    HEY AL, what do you mean by "In addition our nation will now pay for failing to uphold the Bibical princples we were founded upon"? I'm sorry, but I thought we were founded as a country with FREEDOM OF RELIGION, not just Biblical. Are you resorting to the low key tactics that Obama is a Muslim? Is that what you are referencing? Hasn't he claimed over and over that he's a Christian? And who cares if he's a Muslim anyway? It's his right to be what he wants. Take your Christianity and Jesus tactics and do as your Bible says and love your fellow man and neighbor. I guess whoever told you Jessie Jackson supported McCain forgot to mention how Jackson was on TV at the Obama rally waving a flag and YES WE CAN sign after he won and not at the McCain concession speech. So you tell me who he was supporting.
  • by Brenda Location: Panama City on Nov 6, 2008 at 05:46 AM
    We have a new President. We must unite and make it work for the good of America. There is too much division and hatred. We will work to make everyday count. We have learned within 24 hours of three relatives and friends who have just been diagnosed with cancer. Do you think any of their days left will be wasted? Make the most of each day, be positive and leave a good legacy for your family to remember.
  • by Al Location: PC, Fl. on Nov 5, 2008 at 09:56 PM
    You may not publish this because it is a negative comment. However, I regret the majority of the nation was blinded to the truth by typical misleading promises. I believe by two years from now most of those who put their faith in Obama will be sorely disappointed. First of all if you think business closings are bad now, wait until the democrats let the current tax cuts expire (that might not be until 2010) and raise corporate taxes back to 40% or possibly higher. Who is going to pay taxes to support all those social programs when we are all out of a job. Yes, I'm just like most Americans and don't make 6 digit incomes & Obama's tax plan will cost us an Additional $3,000, according to the IRS, not gain anything. In addition our nation will now pay for failing to uphold the Bibical princples we were founded upon. Bay Co. voted 75% for McCain not due to race but because we are a conservative religious community. I read even Jessie Jackson supported Mccain (maybe for the same reason)
  • by David Location: pcb on Nov 5, 2008 at 07:22 PM
    Dear Afraid Location, No one from either sides condones physical threats. Kids that threaten violience actions of hooligans and deserver to be expelled. To say that Obama supporters condone violence is more of the twisted rhetoric that FAILED to keep Obama from becoming our President. That foolish talk needs to stop. Right this second. McCain supporters defaced my car, burned and stole Obama signs. (See Baycountydemocrats.org for photos). Do I (an Obama supporter) accuse ALL McCain supporters of this? Of course not. It is the twisted, immature few that let their hate consume them. It is time to grow up and quite trying to stir up negativity. It doesn't work, it doesn't solve anything and only shows the smallness of thinking of those that put it forward. Join with the POSITIVE, UPLIFTING and HOPEFUL people of this country that love the USA in which we live and want to make it a better place FOR ALL. That is old thinking and has no place in our future.
  • by Miggity on Nov 5, 2008 at 02:19 PM
    DEAR AFRAID, you made the most outlandish comments. You are being way too analytical and trying to read between lines that don't exist when you ask what did Obama mean by "he'll be our president too". He didn't say it with malice. He said it with attitude that meant he'll try to win you over and meet and exceed your expectations. I'm trying to invision the school playground with all the children wearing their McCain and Obama shirts, and ganging up on your child. Reminiscent of Saturday Night Live skit. You make me laugh. You must be some redneck that's afraid that a black man is in the White House. Wake up!!!! It's 2008!!! CHANGE IS COMIN!!!!
  • by Katie Location: PCB on Nov 5, 2008 at 01:39 PM
    Re: Hatred in campaigns, the McCain campaign's position is that many people deserve fewer rights than others. Women do not have the right to choose, and gay people do not have the right to marry. If you want to talk about hatred, and you're looking at the Obama camp, you're in the wrong place. But, with that said, people who are rude and hurtful about it on either side are bad, regardless of who they support. This isn't a problem with the candidates, but a problem with some of their supporters. Why are children even supporting any presidential candidate, at school or otherwise? THEY CAN'T VOTE!
  • by MARK Location: PANAMA CITY BEACH on Nov 5, 2008 at 01:15 PM
    I DID NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA, BUT IF HE CAN BRING CHANGE IN ENERGY POLICY TO INCORPORATE ALL ASSETS WE HAVE WITH THE EXCEPTION OF CORN. BURNING A FOOD SOURCE AND WASTING THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF LAND TO DO SO WILL BE MUCH WORSE THAN ANY OIL CRISIS WE ARE IN. HIS INTERNATIONAL APPEAL WILL HOPEFULLY HELP WITH FORIEGN POLICY. CHANGE IS GOOD AS LONG AS YOU CAN IMPLEMENT WITHOUT GIVING AWAY THE FARM.
  • by Ann Bowen Location: Baltimore, MD on Nov 5, 2008 at 12:14 PM
    You started your paper with a Negative today. Your headlines should have been: Obama was elected President, followed by Reactions!
  • by Afraid Location: Panama City on Nov 5, 2008 at 11:31 AM
    Well, here is my reaction; The United States of America is a free Republic. Each side should be allowed to freely support their candidate without fear of reprisal. However, that is not what I have seen during this election. The Anti-American behavior coming from the Obama campaign supporters was very terrifying. Today, my child was threatened of being beaten up by Obama supporters at Rutherford. The Dean told my child that the kids should not be wearing McCain Palin gear and causing trouble. But in Holmes County it is okay to let the kids walk around advertising homosexuality? Must we, as McCain supporters live the Obama term in fear for our lives and safety? And what did Obama mean when he said "to those who voted against him, he'll be our president, too?" I am sorry but that sounded like an I'll take care of you later parting shot! Will there be no more freedom and justice?
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