WAYNESBORO, Pa. Most of the Republican names that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot in Franklin County gathered at the Waynesboro Ambulance Squad on Monday night to exhort party members to get out the vote in the remaining two weeks of the campaign.
U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, Pennsylvania state Senate candidate Rich Alloway and state Reps. Rob Kauffman, Todd Rock and Dan Moul met with about 90 Republicans at an event sponsored by the Franklin County Reagan Coalition, a political action committee. While Shuster and Alloway have Democratic opponents, Kauffman, Rock and Moul are running unopposed and much of the talk was about the GOP presidential ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin.
Republicans in Pennsylvania's more rural areas must "try and turn out a large vote to offset the vote in the urban areas," Reagan Coalition Chairman Dick McCracken said.
County Commissioner Bob Thomas said Republicans have to generate the kind of enthusiasm the party had coming out of its national convention. With most polls showing McCain trailing Democratic nominee Barack Obama in Pennsylvania, Thomas said polls had Ronald Reagan trailing President Jimmy Carter two weeks before the 1980 election.