RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY
PDT Staff Writer
Alan Barlow, of Portsmouth, will be traveling to the Democratic Party National Convention (DNC) next month as an elected delegate of the Ohio Democratic Party. It is expected that during the convention the Democratic Party will officially endorse President Barack Obama as their nominee for the November presidential election.
More than 190 Ohio delegates are attending the DNC in Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 4-6, but Barlow is the only one representing Scioto County.
“I was glad that I got elected. I’m looking forward to going to the convention. This will be the first time that I have been able to do that, and I’m excited about it. I’m looking forward to getting our president re-elected,” he said.
While Barlow will be a delegate attending the convention, he said he was not elected to the electoral college.
Four years ago, Scioto County ended its 76-streak of always voting in-step with the state of Ohio — a move which has successfully supported every winning candidate since Lyndon Johnson. In 2008, however, Scioto County supported Republican candidate for president John McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin. Obama still carried Ohio that year with 51.5 percent.
Barlow said he doesn’t think that will happen again in November, and he predicts Scioto County will support the incumbent president.
“He needs to be re-elected. He’s the best friend that we have. He’s the right guy for the country,” Barlow said of Obama.
Ohio offers candidates 18 electoral votes; down from 20 in 2008. Two votes were lost following the most recent U.S. census and state redistricting.
More information about the Democratic National Convention can be found online, at www.demconvention.com.
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