Presidential race brings 60 percent of Jefferson County voters to the polls
A total of 7,765 voters cast ballots in Jefferson County Tuesday, 60 percent of the total registered.
There were no contests for county office and the voters gave substantial support to Republican candidates running for state and national office.
The state board of education was the only exception.
The Romney-Ryan ticket received 4,647 votes to 2,883 for Obama-Biden.
Lynn Jenkins, R, was favored over Tobias Schlingensiepen, D, for the U.S. House seat, 4,388 to 2,738. Libertarian Dennis Hawver, Ozawkie, received 581 votes. Statewide in the 2nd Congressional District, Jenkins carried 57 percent of the vote to 39 percent for Schlingensiepen.
Jefferson County voters favored Ron Ellis, R, for the 2nd District Senate seat, but he lost to Marci Francisco, D, district-wide, 21,010 to 11,654. Ellis wound up with 36 percent of the vote in the district but had 69 percent of the vote in Jefferson County.
Democrat Anthony Hensley kept his 19th District Senate seat with 16,124 votes to Casey Moore’s, R, 11,546. Jefferson County voters favored Moore, 343 to 308.
In the 47th House race, Ramon Gonzalez, R, tallied 4,582 votes to Bruce Hanson’s, D, 3,025 in the county. District wide the vote was 5,388 for Gonzalez to 3,854 for Hanson.
Carolyn Campbell, D, incumbent candidate for the state board of education, won handily over Jack Wu, R, 4,189 to 3,069 in the county. In the 4th District she received 71 percent of the vote.
The Constitutional Amendment allowing the Legislature to set a new tax rate for watercraft was approved by 54 percent of voters statewide. The results were closer to 53 percent in Jefferson County, 3,695 voting yes, 3,234 voting no.
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