McCain fans ‘huddle’ in Coalville |

McCain fans ‘huddle’ in Coalville

John McCain fans in Coalville watched sullenly Tuesday as Barack Obama took a commanding lead in the presidential race.

"I think we’re really in trouble," said Russ Hortin, who owns the Main Street Huddle restaurant in Coalville.

A small group of McCain faithful at the restaurant, at 38 S. Main Street, watched television as electoral votes for Obama racked up.

"I would have preferred Mitt Romney," Hortin said about his choice for the next president of the United States.

South Dakota resident Jim Dampier stopped at the Huddle Tuesday while passing on Interstate 80 through Coalville.

"I don’t like what Obama stands for," Dampier said in an interview at the restaurant. "He’s got some pretty cruddy people who he deals with and a lot of shysters."

Obama lacks experience in foreign policy, Dampier said.

"I’d hate to see him meet with a world leader and try to sit on their lap and talk to them," Dampier said.

Hoytsville resident Hayleigh Gonzalez, 16, said she doesn’t like McCain or Obama.

"I don’t see a choice between those two," Gonzalez said Tuesday night.

But Obama’s tax plan and his opinions about universal health care worry her, she added.

"People work so hard for their money and he is trying to take it from them and give it to the people doing nothing," Gonzalez said. "I want McCain to win over Obama because Obama is out to change everything."

But America was poised Tuesday night to select Obama as its first black president.

"We haven’t had an election like this," Hortin said. "It’s historical."

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