Republicans gathered Wednesday evening at Harvard’s Rush Creek Distillery.
There was lots of networking and catching up.
When candidates began speaking, a theme quickly appeared.
Virtually all of the candidates urged those attending to encourage the friends and neighbors to vote by mail.
Republican McHenry County Board Chairman candidate Mike Buehler explained how one his first jobs at the industrial scale company for which he worked was with Harvard Ready Mix.
He chastised incumbent Jack Franks, much to the delight of the crowd, even bringing up Franks’ inability to enter the State Capitol where he served eighteen years with a Police escort.
Voting early or by mail will be necessary to beat the Democrats, he said.
This comes less than a week after McHenry County Clerk Joe Tirio mailed out absentee ballot applications to every voter in sight.
The real news of the night came from 14th District Republican candidate Jim Oberweis.
He reported on a National Republican Committee poll’s generic poll results.
They favor an unnamed Republican congressional candidate 51%-43% in the district.
He pointed out that a West Coast study last year showed opponent Loren Underwood as the most extreme Democrat in Congress.
Since then she has moderated her voting record, but “This year she has a virtual 100% voting record with Nancy Pelosi.”
Breaking down the generic poll shows a Republican majority in every 14th District county but DuPage.
“The strongest R+ was McHenry,” he continued.
“This election is going to be about turnout.
“Encourage your neighbors to send in mailed ballots.”
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