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Wayne County is classified as a 6th class county with a population of 52,822. It was created on March 21, 1798 from part of Northampton County, and named for General Anthony Wayne. The General was a United States Army officer, statesman, and member of the United States House of Representatives. His military exploits and fiery personality quickly earned him his rank of brigadier general and the nickname "Mad Anthony."


The Republican Party has been historically dominant in county politics. In statewide and national politics Wayne County tends to vote for the Republican Party candidates. In 2000 Republican George W. Bush won 59% to Democrat Al Gore 37%. In 2004 Republican George W. Bush won 62% to Democrat John Kerry 37%. In 2008 Republican John McCain won 55% to Democrat Barack Obama 43%.  In 2012 the county went for Republican Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney 59% compared to only 39% for President Obama.



What Is The GOP?

For residents of the United States of America, the abbreviation of the GOP is a familiar one that either is used with pride or looked upon with suspicion. Short for the Grand Old Party, GOP refers to the present day Republican Party in the United States. Here are some historical facts about the GOP that you may find interesting.


The GOP is one of the two major political parties in the United States. Of the two, the Republicans are the younger party, having their origins in 1854. Originally, the GOP was considered to be a progressive party, in that it was founded with a platform that was decidedly anti-slavery and also pro-American modernization. The party was organized by persons that had become discouraged with the established Whig party, as well as some Northern Democrats and Free-Soilers.


The Republican Party has the distinction of guiding the country through the difficult period of the Civil War and the following Reconstruction era. Much of the good accomplished by the party during this period was due to the election of Abraham Lincoln as the first Republican president. The party then began to work toward the expansion of business and finance as a means of meeting the goals of modernizing the United States.


During the first half of the century, the GOP, which had adopted the elephant as its symbol after a political cartoon appeared in 1874, continued to supply the presidents of the nation, with such men as William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Herbert Hoover. In the latter half, notables such as Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush carried the RNC banner to the White House and the Oval Office.  The year 2016 holds the promise of a return to the White House on the heels of a 2014 wave election that provided solid congressional majorities. 


The GOP continues to be about many issues, including the support of business as means of keeping the infrastructure of the United States stable. Over the years, the Republicans have endured some intense differences of opinion within their party, with many approaches to domestic social policy leaning more toward a conservative understanding since 1960.  Despite frequent misconceptions, the GOP has proven itself to be the true "Big Tent" of American politics, fielding candidates of diverse backgrounds, races and opinions.