As Georgia went, so went Barrow County. Barrow County joined fellow Republican Presidential Primary voters across the state Tuesday in giving former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich a victory in his home state. Gingrich easily carried Barrow County with 4,058 votes with 99 percents of the precincts reporting Wednesday morning.
There was a closer race for second as Rick Santorum compiled 1,332 votes in Barrow County with Mitt Romney taking third locally with 1, 286. Ron Paul was fourth with 513 votes in Barrow County.
In a local vote in Statham, city voters approved a referendum to allow Sunday sales of alcohol in stores by a 73-56 count, Statham clerk Susan Gabriel said. Approximately 10 percent of Statham voters participated in the Sunday sales referendum even though they had to vote in a different location from the presidential primary.
In the presidential primary statewide, Gingrich compiled approximately 47 percent, according to Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Romney, while third in Barrow County, was second across Georgia with 26 percent followed by Santorum with 20 percent. Paul compiled approximately seven percent in Georgia.
Georgia was the lone state Gingrich won Super Tuesday as he now expects to make a stand in Alabama and Mississippi next week.