President Barack Obama may have won re-election Tuesday, but Republican candidates won in every local, state and national matchup on Barrow County ballots. Local voters gave Republican Mitt Romney a 3:1 margin over President Obama with 18,719 votes for the Republican and 6,019 for the President. The county’s increasingly strong Republican presence this time also swept into office the Republicans in the three locally contested races. Sheriff Jud Smith won a second term by overwhelming Democrat James Scott Sr. by a margin of 4:1. The final tally Tuesday night, including all absentee and advance votes, was 19,099 to 5,234. The race for the District 3 seat on the Barrow County Board of Commissioners was much closer. Incumbent Steve Worley won by a margin of less than 2:1, receiving 2,048 votes to challenger Johnny Smith’s 1,338.
For the full story, see the Nov. 7 issue of the Barrow Journal.
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