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Local party reaction: Huckabee supporters celebrate; Democrats see even race
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For Brad Farrow, there was much to celebrate on Tuesday night. Farrow, Hall County coordinator for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, had a candidate who was leading in Hall County, as well as in Georgia.

"I’m excited, it’s outstanding. We’re so happy to see him winning," Farrow said, adding that he was thrilled earlier in the day to learn his candidate had captured a win at the West Virginia Republican convention.

"It’s going to make him a power broker at the convention in the least," he said.

Farrow said while Huckabee enjoyed strong support among evangelicals, he also had significant support among supporters of the so-called "Fair Tax," a proposed national sales tax to replace the federal income tax.

But for Chad Poole, who is heading the Hall County campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, hopes were being pinned on a stronger performance for the candidate in the Western states, after disappointment in Georgia.

"We’d like to see it a little better," Poole said. "Romney won hands down among conservatives in exit polls, but he hasn’t been able to win any states."

Poole was anxious to see how Romney fares in California, where many delegates are at stake.

Gainesville attorney Arturo Corso, a supporter of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, was elated by the Democratic candidate’s decisive win in Georgia.

"I’ve never been so excited," Corso said. "This is history in the making. To see Obama run away with it in Georgia is about the most exciting thing I’ve ever seen in my life."

At the same party, another Gainesville attorney, Joe Diaz, was thrilled by the national showing of New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.

"Nationally, it looks like a toss-up," Diaz said. "On the Democratic side, the way they split the delegates, I don’t think they’ll resolve anything tonight."

Diaz said there is a great deal of unity within the Democratic party in Georgia to support the eventually nominee, whether Obama or Clinton.