Bristol backed Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama by an overwhelming margin.
Mayor Art Ward, a Democrat, said that “the last years of Republican dominance has not proven beneficial to the country” so voters were ready for a change.
Obama won 61 percent of the votes in Bristol, easily defeating Republican John McCain in every part of the city.
“It was an anti-incumbent, anti-Republican year,” said Ken Johnson, last year’s unsuccessful GOP mayoral candidate.
State Rep. Ron Burns, a Bristol Republican, said “a wave on the national level” propelled Obama to victory and cast down many worthy GOP candidates in Bristol and beyond.
“People are fed up with McCain,” said state Sen. Tom Colapietro, a Bristol Democrat who has represented the 31st District since 1992.
Colapietro said the thought that McCain’s vice presidential pick, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, “scared a lot of people” and probably drove Democratic margins even higher.
Ward, a Democrat, said that because the nation is “facing the worst financial condition” in generations, it’s not surprising that voters were ready to back the Illinois senator.
Results showed that Obama racked up a staggering landslide in Bristol in every precinct.
He collected 14,660 votes compared to 9,467 for McCain in Bristol.
At the Edgewood School, which is hardly a Democratic stronghold in Bristol, Obama snagged 1,739 votes compared to 1,002 for McCain.
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