Life Is Tough for Philadelphia’s Republicans

It wasn’t much of a surprise to most people when news networks all over the country projected that President Barack Obama had won Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes in the 2012 election. Pennsylvania has gone blue in each of the past six presidential elections and that’s thanks, in large part, to voters in Philadelphia. The thing is, though, that not every voter in Philadelphia punches the Democratic ticket. In a post published on Esquire‘s political blog, City Paper’s Isaiah Thompson writes about what Election Day was like for one Philadelphia Republican.

As he stood next to a Romney sign he’d planted — at a polling place in an overwhelmingly pro-Obama neighborhood in a largely-black part of West Philadelphia — an elderly woman approached Wolfe.

“Who put that sign there? You?” she asked, pointedly but not rudely. He nodded.

“Well, I’m going to take it down when I come out,” she said, and went in to vote.

Wolfe, looking as out of place as he had all day, smiled politely and looked at the ground. “Well, that’s not very nice,” he said quietly. [Esquire]