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Report from Early Voter in Lake County, Indiana

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RUSH: Let's grab a quick phone call. St. John, Indiana. Kim, welcome. Great to have you here.

CALLER: Well, thank you very much. I appreciate the encouragement you offer with all the research that you do.

RUSH: Thank you. I appreciate that. Thank you very much.

CALLER: And I have to say something in my defense. You talk about early voting, and normally I love to vote on Election Day. But we just had our first grandbaby (chuckles) and we have our second one due any day. So, instead of missing the vote, I did decide to go to early voting.

RUSH: Well, congratulations, congratulations.

CALLER: Thank you very much. So, that is kind of an extenuating circumstance, I would think. But I didn't want to miss voting so I did go today. Our assessor's office and several other offices in the Lake County area are letting residents come in. You have to show ID. You have to go through all the process that you would on Election Day. Lake County is, and has been for many years, a Democratic stronghold.

RUSH: Yeah, I know. It was a big county during Operation Chaos.

CALLER: Yes, it was.

RUSH: Remember that, Hillary and Obama? Lake County went Hillary because of us.

CALLER: Well --

RUSH: And there were all kinds of shenanigans that went on there. Didn't somebody have to quit or resign in disgrace or something?

CALLER: Lake County has always been a little questionable.

RUSH: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

CALLER: But I've lived here all my life.

RUSH: It's close to Chicago.

CALLER: It's very near Chicago, yes. But I wanted to call with some encouragement for you today because my daughter and I went for the early voting, and when we did a lot of the discussion seemed definitely... I mean, they were talking about fiscal responsibility. We need to, you know, drill for our own and provide our own. This was even coming from people who I knew that they had said they were retired teachers.

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: There were a few there that were in the union, and you definitely knew which way they were going. But the majority of the discussions that I overheard, and I was kind of listening, were talking about needing to be more responsible and needing to get away from the socialism.

RUSH: Let me tell you what's happening out there with this early voting. At least from the polling data that we're seeing, both from the Pew people and Gallup... Some people could equate enthusiasm with early voting. People are really excited go out there and vote, and from what you're telling me, it sounds like Republicans were there when you were there.

And, again, that’s anecdotal. You can't assign any meaning to that because there have been many days prior to when you went, and who knows what happened on those days. But it's still, I imagine it was uplifting for you to hear and to see all that. It was inspiring. So coupled with that and what you heard on the program today, you're loaded for bear. You're ready to go.

CALLER: Yes, I am. And then that grandbaby to boot, so... (giggles)

RUSH: That's exactly right.

CALLER: But, yes, it was very encouraging. They said it was a little over two-hour wait today, and they said it keeps getting worse. So they're having longer and longer waits.

RUSH: Well, that's from the Obama and polling-worker standpoint. It's better for us.

CALLER: Well, that's what they told us today.

RUSH: If it's getting worse, it means more Republicans are showing up to vote early. Particularly in Indiana. It's Lake County, but it's still it could be Republicans. We will choose here to believe that, because I'm oriented toward positive stuff. So congratulations on the grandchild coming, another mouth to feed, and raise. Have fun with it. That's great. That's Kim in St. John, Indiana.

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