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Liberty casts majority Democratic votes
Local voters buck statewide trend
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A decade after Georgia turned away from its long-time Democratic majorities, Liberty County held fast to the tradition.
Voters here Tuesday countered statewide votes in both the governor and U.S. senator races, giving the Democratic candidates most of our votes. We were not enough, however, to change the statewide results.
Even in the race between U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, the Republican incumbent from Savannah, and Screven County farmer Oscar Harris II, Liberty voters were less enthusiastic for the incumbent than those district-wide.
Here's a breakdown:
In the governor's race the winner, Nathan Deal, got 1,353,299 or 53 percent of the statewide vote. In Liberty, 36 percent of the 9,862 votes were cast for the Republican, while the Democrat Roy Barnes garnered 5,966 or 60 percent. Statewide Barnes got 43 percent. The Libertarian in the race, John Monds, got 4 percent statewide and 3 percent in Liberty.
Long County voted 1,065 for Deal, 675 for Barnes and 74 for Monds.
In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Johnny Isakson, a Republican, beat outgoing Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond, a Democrat, 1,475,469 (58 percent) to 990,555 (39 percent) statewide. But turn those percentages around among Liberty voters; 53 percent or 5,251 for Thurmond and 44 percent or 4,326 for Isakson. Libertarian Chuck Donovan earned 3 percent of the statewide vote and 2 percent in Liberty.
Long County gave Isakson 1,199 votes, Thurmond 555 and Donvovan 51.
In Kingston's 1st congressional district, which covers much of Southeast Georgia, the incumbent Republican earned 117,121 or a whopping 72 percent of the vote. Challenger Harris got 46,330, or 28 percent of the vote. In Liberty County it was as much of a landslide, but still a majority for the 18-year federal lawmaker 5,212 (52 percent) to Harris' 4,782 (47 percent).
Long County voted 1,303 for Kingston and 524 for Harris.
More results will by posted as they become available.
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