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U.S, Va. go Obama, county goes Romney

By MELINDA WILLIAMS
melinda@southwesttimes.com

While Pulaski County showed strong support for Republican Mitt Romney in Tuesday’s presidential election, President Barack Obama edged Romney in Virginia and nationally to be elected to a second four-year term.

“This happened because of you. Thank you,” Obama was reported to have tweeted to supporters upon realizing he would be returning to the White House.

Just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, Romney conceded the election to Obama, urging all Americans to pray for the president. He asked election winners to put partisan bickering aside and “reach across the aisle” to tackle the nation’s problems, according to Associated Press reports.

AP reported that Obama said Americans have “picked ourselves up” and fought back during tough economic times. He added, the “best is yet to come.”

Obama says he wants to meet with Romney to discuss how they can work together. He says they may have “battled fiercely, but it’s only because we love this country deeply.”

With 75 percent of the nation’s votes counted when Romney conceded, AP reported Obama with a narrow popular vote advantage (about 25,000 votes). However, in the election-deciding electoral votes, AP was reporting a 303-203 margin in favor of Obama. It takes 270 to win.

In Virginia, Obama came from behind in the last hours of vote tallying to take a three-point lead and defeat Romney by receiving 51 percent (1,838,560) of votes cast to Romney’s 48 percent {1,739,699).

The picture was entirely different in Pulaski County, where Romney easily defeated Obama 8,917 votes (61 percent) to 5,287 (36 percent). Romney won in all 13 of the county’s precincts, according to Virginia State Board of Elections unofficial results. SBE figures show 14,673 (67 percent) of the county’s 21,776 registered voters cast ballots in the presidential race.

Voter turnout was actually lower this year than in 2008, the last presidential election. At that time, and in 2004’s presidential race, about 70 percent of registered voters cast ballots.

More than 450 of the votes cast locally went to the other candidates on the ballot and to write-in votes (16). Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode of nearby Franklin County received 242 votes, while Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson received 136 and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, 75.

Statewide, Goode received 13,424 votes; Johnson, 29,853 votes, and Stein, 8,310, with 99 percent of polls reporting. National figures for these candidates were not available by press time Wednesday morning.

 

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3 Responses to U.S, Va. go Obama, county goes Romney

  1. Editor

    November 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Give us your thoughts on the election. Please note, we may use your comments in an upcoming edition.

  2. Shay

    November 8, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Obama has 49% of America the Cool on govt checks.It’s strive to be mediocre while this 3rd generation commi rips our Freedoms from us. Before you people get it, it will be too late. Pope, billy graham, worlds best theologians will tell you
    every Bible Prophecy that leads us to Great Tribulation has been fulfilled but one, the Mideast
    Peace Pact.Read Daniel 7-25-27obama will be antichrist is my guess. He lies everytime he opens his mouth & NBC,CBS,ABC,CNN, MSNBC PBS ALL COVER IT UP.He was given 2 degrees by we the people,then put into the Whitehouse under trust and he betrayed that trust.He’s spent millions of We the Peoples money on his vacations. He gave Little middle schoolers in MA The Little Black Book.It instructs middleschoolers how to have sex using all the orifices, devices & URINATION WITHOUT GUILT
    HE DOESN’T LOVE THIS NATION OR YOU. He’s a LIAR.
    Under him the Chinese & Russians ended up with one
    of our drones, helicopter, we have russian missiles
    set up in Venezuela, russian sub off our east coast
    and more commi’s in govt than the Kremlin. IF YOU
    PEOPLE DON’T GET YOUR HEADS OUT OF YOUR BACKSIDES
    AMERICA IS GONE FOR GOOD AND ALL YOU GOT WILL BE A GOVT CHECK OR A PRISON CAMP. HE’S SETTIN US UP FOR HURT. WAKE UP AND RETURN TO GOD. Read RAbbi Jonathan Cahns book The Harbingers, it will scare you straight, it’s all true facts. 3 of our Leaders quoted Isaiah 9:10 in reference to 9/11. This is an Ancient Hebrew Curse. 2 fell into disgrace, Dascle, John Edwards, 3rd was obama. He makes fun of our religion.Chinese gavehim 800 million to buy up all ammo in US he could, why? He has head of American Commi Party building a 100,000
    man Army, now why? YOU people are going to be sick forfeiting America because you want to be lazy. Where is obama after the storm,If this was Bush, he’d have been hung. He deserted our Seals in Libya, a war he declared without Congress. The mans
    inept. He’s Black and he’s not the HERO we all dreamed he’d be. BEWARE OF THIS MAN.

  3. Okaaaay

    November 10, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Seems like you have your tin hat screwed on just a little too tight there, bucko.

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