John Seavolt/Special to the News Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, left, visited Mount Vernon Saturday to deliver the keynote address at the Knox County Republican Party Lincoln-Reagan Dinner. Prior to the speech, he talked with Knox County Republican Party Chairman Chip McConville.

John Seavolt/Special to the News
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, left, visited Mount Vernon Saturday to deliver the keynote address at the Knox County Republican Party Lincoln-Reagan Dinner. Prior to the speech, he talked with Knox County Republican Party Chairman Chip McConville.
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MOUNT VERNON — Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted was the keynote speaker at the Knox County Republicans’ Lincoln-Reagan Dinner Saturday night at The Station Break. Before he spoke, however, County Chairman Chip McConville posed a question none of nearly 200 GOP partisans relished: “What if Abraham Lincoln or Ronald Reagan had never lived?”

Countless words have been written on what-if scenarios for the 19th century Civil War and 20th century Cold War, but how the American North and global West would have fared minus Republican icons Lincoln and Reagan is unknowable. So after paying tribute to the evening’s namesakes, attention shifted to a 21st century keynote speaker.

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