GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KKCO) It wasn't the outcome they were hoping for, and now, many people are asking what to do now. Some business owners tell us they're cutting expenses to the bone and Romney volunteers spent Wednesday closing up shop after a brutal campaign. Both groups say the voters have decided, but they're bracing themselves for another four years.
"He's going to start cutting expenses, what we bring in," said Ryan Coombs with Nitelife Billiards in Grand Junction. The company has been in business for decades, and used to have six employees, but is now down to two. "Really start watching p's and q's; if we don't need it, not ordering it," added Coombs. The store's officials say they plan to get rid of advertising, and can't afford to hire anyone. "His taxes will shrink small business; force some small businesses out of business because they can't pay the taxes. The Obamacare taxes will kill a lot of businesses," added Coombs.
"I had to lay everybody off. I tried to build a welding shop in Fruita," said Alan Story, a local business owner. Story is battling a similar problem. "The taxes. I can live with that, they're not good; they could be a lot less; but the regulation is killing all businesses," explained Story. Story plans to go into uranium mining for his next business endeavor; but for the Romney faithful; it's time to clean up, and move on.
"It was a loss, but we're not defeated," said Michael Lentz, a local Romney volunteer. Volunteers like Lentz put their blood, sweat, and tears into the campaign. "I'm just really happy to put in the time into a cause that I was really committed to, and to meet a lot of great people; to volunteer with a lot of committed people who believe in the future of this country," said Lentz. Looking back, Lentz and the local volunteers he worked with don't have any regrets. "We did everything that we could; Mesa County turned out really well for the Republicans; all our state and local races, from Scott Tipton to U.S. Congress, all the way down to the county commissioners, all Republican," added Lentz. But for Coombs, and many small businesses; all they can do now is wait. "Hoping the economy will come around, and people will start buying again," said Coombs.
You also might have noticed a sign at Nitelife Billiards with a response to President Obama's "You didn't build that" comment. Now you'll notice the same sign at Dan's Towing on Riverside Parkway in Grand Junction.
We also spoke to other businesses who declined to go on camera, but said it's going to be tough to keep their doors open.