Big Republican turnout at Carpenter’s Hall

Young Republicans (left to right) Emery and Cora St. Lawrence and their friend hold up their Trump-Pence signs after accompanying their parents to the caucus. (Sharon Wilhite photo)

The Lucas County Republicans held their “first in the nation” caucus on Monday, Feb. 3, at Carpenter Hall in Chariton. Out of 189 Republican voters, 188 cast their vote for Donald Trump and one vote was cast for Joe Walsh.

Statewide, with 99 percent of Iowa’s counties reporting in, Trump received 31,422 votes, Bill Weld received 424, and Joe Walsh had 348 votes.

Paul Goldsmith called the caucus to order.

Wilbur Ross, United States Secretary of Commerce, acting in the capacity of a private citizen, was present at the caucus to read a letter from President Trump and to answer any questions regarding the Presidency.

The President’s letter emphasized that there were over 20,000 jobs created in Iowa in the past three years, 60, 980 Iowans have come off food stamps, and unemploy-

ment has reached a record low of 2.4 percent. He stated that negotiations have been made with China to end the trade cheating that has stolen from Iowa farmers and manufacturers for years, while trade agreements with Japan has opened up Iowa’s farms to those international markets making us competitive on the world stage again.

Read the January 6, 2020 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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