The crowd at the launch of Darren Bailey’s campaign for governor at the Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham was large and fiercely Republican. They booed at the mention of recent controversial rules from the state board of education and cheered at the mention of “common sense conservative values.”
Several members of the crowd even called out quotes from Ronald Reagan.
State Rep. Adam Niemerg, R-Dieterich, who was the night’s emcee, was responsible for getting the crowd warmed up. At one point, Niemerg quoted the former president.
“If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to...” said Niemerg. As he was finishing the quote, folks joined in, unprompted.
“... this is the last stand on Earth,” they said with Niemerg.
After the speeches ended, hundreds stayed around, some for more than an hour and a half, just to get a picture and a handshake with Bailey.