“All kidding aside, obviously it’s sad to see people engage in that kind of behavior,” he said.
Warren County is a large and fast-growing county that encompasses much of the area between Cincinnati and Dayton. In has for many years been a Republican stronghold that has not elected a Democrat to even a county-level office since 1976.
In 2012, nearly 69 percent of Warren County residents voted for Republican candidate Mitt Romney, compared with about 30 percent for President Obama, according to the county’s Board of Elections.
“This is a very red county where Democrats have gotten very organized, and I think this is sort of frustration at that,” Pepper said. “If you’re a Republican [and] if you’re going to win Ohio, you need to win a place like Warren County. This is where you run up the margins to counteract what’s going to happen in Cincinnati and Cleveland and Columbus.”
Voters in Ohio, a crucial battleground state, have picked the winning candidate in allelection cycles since 1972. In 2012, Ohio voters elected Obama with 51 percent of the vote. Clinton and Trump are currently virtually tied in the state, both with nearly 47 percent of the votes, according to a compilation of dozens of polls by FiveThirtyEight.com.
Neither Goldenfield nor Pepper could think of anything specific that may have prompted the manure dump. Goldenfield said their Democratic office has some of the most active volunteers in the state, and although they do not expect to turn the county blue, “we’re focused on getting our people out to vote.”
“We’re quite organized. We’re quite motivated. That probably is something that they don’t like,” Goldenfield said, referring to whoever dumped the manure. “It did happen in ’12 so we can’t say that it’s just about Mr. Trump … but I do think Mr. Trump [and] his vitriol has infected the public domain.”
This year, early voting in Warren County began Oct. 12.
“This is not anything that will detract us from our goal, so it will just allow us to continue to work harder,” Goldenfield said. “In a county like this, we’re used to being in a minority, so we just take these things in stride and move on.”