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The owners’ decision to post an anti-Hillary-Clinton sign in front of the business that read, “Save Small Business — Lock Her Up” prompted a call for a boycott of the business by the local Democratic party.
“Vote with your wallet, folks, and boycott this business in Springboro,” a post by the Warren County Democratic Party Facebook page urged its followers on Wednesday, Nov. 2 — six days before the election. Several of the page’s followers indicated they would indeed boycott the pizza place.
But Springboro is located in northern Warren County, which leans heavily Republican. Donald Trump captured nearly 67 percent of the popular vote in Warren County last November, to 29 percent for Hillary Clinton.
And Campioni’s owners said at the time that the threatened boycott ended up having the opposite effect.
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“The place was packed out last night,” Brandon Kaiser said a few days before the election. The pizzeria co-owner said he had gotten calls from as far away as Enon and Fairborn from people who told him they would drive to Springboro to eat at the restaurant so they could show their support.
This morning, April 28, the announcement of the pizza restaurant’s closing was being greeted with sadness and support on the Active Springboro Community Facebook page.
“Many great memories with family and friends,” one commenter wrote. “Sad to see it go, but if it can’t be as good as it was, then best of luck to you Austin!”