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Gingrich carries county, Santorum wins state

Published 2:34pm Wednesday, March 14, 2012

More than 9,000 voters turned out to the polls in Tallapoosa County Tuesday to cast their vote in the 2012 primary election.

With 30 of 31 precincts reporting late Tuesday night, Tallapoosa County officials said that a total of 9,105 ballots were cast in the county, with 63.9 percent of people voting on a Republican ticket and 36 percent voting on a Democratic ticket.

“There are 25,044 active registered voters in Tallapoosa County, so we had about 30 percent vote today,” said Tallapoosa County Probate Judge Gloria Sinclair. “That’s pretty good. I really wish more people would get out and vote though.”

Newt Gingrich took the presidential race in the county with 35.4 percent of the vote, followed by Rick Santorum with 31.3 percent and Mitt Romney with 27.7 percent.

Statewide, Santorum edged out Gingrich by grabbing 34.5 percent of the vote to Gingrich’s 29.3 percent with 97 percent of the polls reporting.

In the Republican primary for Tallapoosa County Probate Judge, Leon Archer won with 60.1 percent of the vote, defeating A.G. “Tony” Wilson.

Charles Gillenwaters defeated Mike Knox in the Democratic primary for probate judge, receiving 64.9 percent of the vote.

Steve Adams took the Republican county circuit clerk’s race with 54.6 percent of the vote, defeating Jim “Mo” Cleveland.

Joe Windle defeated John Wilcox in the Democratic primary for Tallapoosa County Superintendent of Education with 66.9 percent of the vote.

Incumbent Matilda Woodyard-Hamilton took the race for District I seat of the Tallapoosa County Board of education with 58.9 percent of the vote, defeating Harold Farrow.

Sinclair, who is not running for reelection, said the primary ran smoothly overall.

“There were not many problems at all and the ones we had, they were resolved quickly,” Sinclair said. “The election workers were very efficient.”

She added that she was pleased with the large crowd that gathered at the courthouse to watch the results as they were counted.

“I told someone earlier that this is like the good old days,” Sinclair said. “I remember years ago, everybody would come up to the courthouse and watch the results. It’s exciting.”

The general election will be held Nov. 6, 2012.

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