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Romney wins county, Obama wins nation

Published 12:00pm Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Barack Obama will be serving a second term as president of the United States.

“These are challenging times for America,” Romney said in an address to the nation Tuesday night. “I pray the president will be successful in guiding our nation.”

Romney won 66 percent of the vote in Tallapoosa County and Alabama’s nine Electoral College votes, but Obama secured swing states Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa and Nevada to surpass the 270 Electoral College votes needed for re-election.

“I’m not surprised,” said Randy Haynes, chairman of the Tallapoosa County Democratic party. “He ran a good race. It speaks well for our country.”

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers will also be spending four more years in Washington.

“Congressman Mike Rogers has been a consistent, conservative leader in Congress and the voters of Alabama’s Third Congressional District must agree,” said Bill Armistead, chairman of the Alabama Republican party, in a statement. “I congratulate him on his victory tonight.”

Twinkle Cavanaugh defeated Lucy Baxley in the race for Public Service Commission president.

“I offer my hearty congratulations to Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh. She has campaigned hard over the past year and there is no question that she is ready to lead the commission,” Armistead said. “Her commitment to job creation is precisely what this state needs, and I know that she will breathe new life into the commission as president.”

Haynes complimented Baxley’s career as a public servant.

“Lucy Baxley has been a great public servant,” Haynes said. “She’s qualified and ethically she’s outstanding. I hate to lose her.”

Judge Roy Moore also secured a victory for the Republican party.

Moore, who gained notoriety in 2000 for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from his courtroom, defeated Jefferson County Circuit Judge Bob Vance to become Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

“I want to congratulate Judge Moore,” Armistead said. “There is no question that he was the candidate in this race who best represented conservative, Alabama values. I am pleased to know that we will have such a knowledgeable, experienced and capable person at the head of the Alabama Supreme Court. Republicans now occupy every statewide seat in Alabama, completing the sweep started in 2010.”

John Prophitt, chairman of the Tallapoosa County Republican party, thanked Tallapoosa County voters for their support.

“I want to thank the Tallapoosa voters that gave the Republican party and our candidates a solid vote of confidence,” Prophitt said. “We will work hard in the upcoming years to show we are worthy of this confidence.”