Glee.

Ecstatic.

Relief.

Citrus County Democrats joined their brethren across the U.S. on Saturday in the joy of knowing former Vice President Joe Biden had won the presidency.

Joe Adams mug

Citrus County Mosquito Control Board member Joe Adams.

“I think it’s a great day for America,” Joe Adams, the county’s Democratic state committeeman, said.

Hernando resident Gloria Hannemann, who along with other like-minded opponents of President Donald Trump started the Citrus Coffee Coalition in 2019, couldn’t contain her happiness.

“They really thought they had it in the bag,” Hannemann said of Trump supporters. “The American people are fed up. It’s been a long road to get this country back to the right path.”

Trump, who won Florida, took 70% of the vote in Citrus County after winning 68% of the Citrus vote in 2016.

Trump captured 11,000 more votes this year than in 2016 while the Republicans gained about 13,000 registered voters in that time. Biden also gained on Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic candidate, receiving 4,299 votes more than Clinton, despite Citrus Democrats having 1,478 fewer registered voters in 2020 from 2016, according to the supervisor of elections website.

Citrus Democratic Party Chairman Bob Madeiros said Democrats and other non-Republicans voted in force because of Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

“COVID is really the thing that drove the vote by mail tallies,” Madeiros said. “COVID is the thing that made it so different.”

Citrus County Republican State Committeeman Mike Moberley, who attended the Republican National Convention in 2016 and witnessed Trump’s nomination, said the media didn’t give Trump a chance.

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Mike Moberley.

“In general, the media was never going to let him bask in anything he accomplished,” Moberley said. “They were very much against him. Many of his accomplishments were glossed over by the media.”

Now the focus turns to what happens next. Despite Trump losing the popular vote by 4 million votes to Biden but still getting 70 million votes, Democrats say they believe the country wants healing.

“I think Joe is the one best suited for the job,” Adams said. “Donald Trump, at his inauguration, I had hoped for some calming words but he just did the opposite. He’s done nothing but pour gas on the flames. There’s nothing presidential about him. After everyone takes a deep breath, I’m sure they’ll say this is not what America is supposed to be about.”

Moberley, who was a poll watcher, noted that the high voter turnout — a record 80% in Citrus County — took place because Trump was on the ballot.

“Say what you want about President Trump. The populace was energized on both sides,” Moberley said. “He is responsible for that.”

Maderiros, the county Democratic Party chairman, said now is not the time for Democrats to gloat.

“I don’t think I’d run around in my pickup truck with a Biden flag hanging out the back,” he said.

Karen Gaffney, an attorney whose preferences were known to passersby with numerous Biden signs at her Inverness law office, said Democrats shouldn’t ignore those who support Trump. (Gaffney is attorney for the Citrus County Chronicle.)

“It’s incumbent for all of us to understand where these differences are and how we come together, instead of staying tribalistic,” she said. “We need to take a step back and then start listening. I have neighbors with Trump flags and maybe I should listen to them more.”

Contact Chronicle reporter Mike Wright at 352-563-3228 or mwright@chronicleonline.com. To view more of his stories, go to www.tinyurl.com/y3bakm6w.

(34) comments

KYBLUE

This is what a "State Media" can do to our Country. CNN and the rest of the LIBERAL media are destroying our Country. Do yourself a favor and turn them off. Trumps (right AGAIN), if Biden and GA Dem Senators get elected... CHINA WILL OWN US.

lancel44

Trump is a loser and his comical supporters are misinformed losers.

Just answer two questions. What did he accomplish? and what is his plan for 2020?

Right now he's lost all attempts in the court including 9-0 in the supreme court.

Him and 17 republican ag's are making a final attemp to overturn 80 million votes and 4 states Biden won. The lawsuit is baloney like all the rest and the supreme court will kick it out as laughable. Monday, the electors will finish the job! On january 20th we'll have a real president, not a juvenile that has tried to destroy our democracy , our post office, our voting rights as american citizens. All republicans should be ashamed on how they enabled and went along with this charade.

ChinaJoeBiden

The Democrats along with the mainstream media are more dangerous to the United States than Russia, Iran, China, International Terrorists and the Chinese Virus combined.. No doubt about it..

Ssabmud

Your dinasaur comment says it all. The bullies have been bested on the playground. Head bully, loser trumpy, is gone and the sidekick bullies must now slink away. Start slinking.

ChinaJoeBiden

Not a chance. I want to watch the sideshow was Dementia Joe Biden and Commie La Harris attempt to take apart the United States in favor of the rest of the world.

Ssabmud

Hi baron. Still around?

lancel44

A blowout / landslide 306-223 and over 6 million more votes nationwide.

Trump losing every legal battle and now is trying to undermine democracy, something they do in other countries with dictators.

Trump was the worst president in American history, EVER!! He divided people, fired watchdogs and anyone opposing him. Everyone knows how awful he's been, even now , not allowing transition, and ignoring the pandemic. which will result in thousands of more dead americans , as if his incompetence wasn't bad enough where 250,000 lives were lost because of him.

Fascism, racism and dictators are not welcome in our democracy . This election is over , and a decent set of humans will now run the country. Biden will have a administration that represents america , not a politburo of obedient tes men .

Democracy and true patriotism have won over hate and division.

ChinaJoeBiden

President Trump.. One of the best Presidents in my lifetime. He was robbed but will come back even stronger when sane folks see the destruction bestowed on this great nation by Dementia Joe Biden and Commie La Harris.

Ssabmud

Learn to speak English, ChinaJoeBiden. It really is an easy language to learn. Most Americans learn it as a child. If you try real hard you might be able to catch up.

ChinaJoeBiden

Thank you for the kind words.. You on the other appear to be inebriated with the exuberance of your own verbosity...

Dsw1

ChincaJoeBiden,

You are too ignorant for words! Learn to pronounce Kamala Harris she's the next Vice President Elect. Better yet, go enroll in College of Central Florida. They offer some great English Programs. You have joined the Clown train rolling out trying to be funny but your aren't! So if you thought your post was a joke, you're the only Clown, oh, next to the one in Maralargo ........

ChinaJoeBiden

You had no issue with the name calling of the great President Trump. It will always be Dementia Joe Biden and Commie La Harris to me and many others.

Ssabmud

Losers usually prefer not to give it up. If someone were to follow history, they would note that when a leader falls on the battlefield his minions usually turn and run. We shall see. Trump has fallen on the battlefield.

ChinaJoeBiden

He will come back stronger.... President Trump....one of the best .. and kept the United States first.....Love the guy..

Ssabmud

So you are admitting that Trump is a loser. Must be, if as you say, "He will come back...". You appear, strongly, to worship a loser, ChinaJoeBiden.

ChinaJoeBiden

He did not lose. The election was stolen. Any fool can see that..

Ssabmud

Anyone who actually believes that this election was "stolen from Trump" is simply coo koo for cocoa puphus. Reality is not that difficult to deal with.

Dsw1

ChinaJoe...

He will be back, Right in the Slammer with his kids! Did you donate to his bail fund?

ChinaJoeBiden

In your dreams. Only bail furnished was from from Joe Biden and Commie La Harris voters to bail out protesters and looters in Democrat cities.. Both of them hate the United States and will take it apart piece and piece if allowed.. Get ready for it..

Ssabmud

According to Trump, you and him are victims. Are you really a victim, ChinaJoeBiden? Doesn't sound like you, but I guess anything is possible for cultists.

Dsw1

ChinaJoe...

Yuppers. He's one of the Most Corrupt, Racist, Buffoons in office. You think he put America first?? Is that why hundreds of thousands have died? Speaking of fools is there a mirror nearby?

LARRYG

All of the socialist and the American Communist Party members that would do everything to send this country in the tank, don't count your chickens yet. Voter fraud is being uncovered as we speak. Hopeful the American people are not dumb enough to elect one of the communist members that is in the runoff in Georgia . And yes they are communist by there own admission. All I can say Is god bless this country.

DonnaBaillod

If I want to be more inclined to understand to trump voters, I don't want to because I don't understand why they voted for him again and I feel they greatly insulted and don't care for the lives who were taken by Covid-19. Those people could be still be alive if he had acted on very early in the year. If he wanted to be "better" than President Obama, he could have gone all hands on deck, no bidding wars over PPEs, locked down the whole country and Covid-19 would have flatten the curve but with less infected peoples. But that's not the only thing, it's other thing that's too numerous to mention the majority of American are fed up. No president should be a mean bully, filling up with corporate heads, lack of class and manners. Again, I could go on and on. All in all, I just glad Joe Biden won. There'll be no more agast(!), anger(!!), stress (!!!) , and no more whiplash changing directions to draw away bad problems. Good riddance to him!

KeepCalm

Why in the world would you vote for someone who allows looting, rioting. Supports defunding police. On the take from China. Wants socialism. Undermines the American election system with rampant fraud. This is not a popularity contest, this is about leadership. Donald Trump has done more for this country and it's people than I thought possible. I am way better off than I was 4 years ago during the Obama administration. Why would you vote for Joseph Biden (or should I say Kamala Harris because Mr. Biden probably won't be able to hang in there for long).

Dsw1

Keep Calm,

You along with Trump, who Can't accept Losing, Prove this Fraud!! Every Vote counts and the People have spoken . Get over it....

KeepCalm

It's not over yet, though. It is very important to the future of our country that our election system is honest and fair. Very important or we will be a one party country. That party will be communism. Yes, I am disappointed that President Trump does not have a clear victory at this point, but it's not over yet. No matter what happens it is more important that our elections are fair and honest.

ChinaJoeBiden

Great point. I am going laugh when Dementia Joe Biden and Commie La Harris voters stand by and cry while their country is destroyed piece by piece.. Grab your popcorn..

ChinaJoeBiden

He was a better President than Barack Hussein Obama.. Barack Hussein Obama divided this nation more than anyone since the Vietnam War..

Dsw1

If Former President Obama divided this county like the Clown in Chief Trump, Why is Trump so Jealous of him???? And Yes, he is Extremely Jealous.... Envious to the core. What a Shame......" Repeat after me. He will Never Ever Ever Be President Obama.....Ever!!!"

DonnaBaillod

* locked down

DonnaBaillod

If I want to be more inclined to understand to trump voters, I don't want to because I don't understand why they voted for him again and I feel they greatly insulted and don't care for the lives who were taken by Covid-19. Those people could be still be alive if he had acted on very early in the year. If he wanted to be "better" than President Obama, he could have gone all hands on deck, no bidding wars over PPEs, lockdowned the whole country and Covid-19 would have flatten the curve but with less infected peoples. But that's not the only thing, it's other thing that's too numerous to mention the majority of American are fed up. No president should be a mean bully, filling up with corporate heads, lack of class and manners. Again, I could go on and on.

All in all, I just glad Joe Biden won. There'll be no more agast(!), anger(!!), stress (!!!) , and no more whiplash changing directions to draw away bad problems.

Good riddance to him!

Dsw1

Typical Chronicle, back to deleting post.

lancel44

Trump wants to be a dictator, not a president . He doesn't server americans, he only serves himself ,and rally up his base with disgusting attacks against anyone opposing him. He lies constantly. messed up the post office so mail in ballots wouldn't be counted. Was impeached for trying to get Uraine to lie about Biden.

I don't have the time to list the cruelty, injustice and corrupt things this president has done . In fact I'd have to write a book. Just read Mary trumps book. He took our great institutions and made a mockery of them. The tweets, the lies and the name calling,he's got conspiracy theories and people don't know what to believe.

I wouldn't be saying any of this if any normal republican was elected . This president faces criminal charges when he leaves office and will be indicted by NY awaiting his financial information

SHC

When Trump lost the popular vote in 2016 but won the Electoral College, the media narrative was that the news outlets and Clinton supporters needed to understand where Trump voters were coming from and listen to them more.

Now Trump has lost the popular vote again by a larger margin AND the Electoral College, and we're supposed to listen to them more? How about THEY listen for a change? This is a deeply divided country. I get that. But it can't always one side that is expected to coddle the other.

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