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Long voters pick McCain, Clinton
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Long County Election's Superintendent, Marie Middleton, secures the precinct boxes from Super Tuesday. - photo by Mike Riddle / Coastal Courier
LUDOWICI - Voters from Long County came out Tuesday to cast ballots, and Arizona Sen. John McCain and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton were top picks for their parties nominations.
On the Republican side, the top three vote getters were McCain, who got 42.3 percent of the votes (280), former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who received 35.65 percent (236), and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, 17.22 percent (114).
On the Democratic side, Clinton won a narrow victory by picking up 47.53 percent (298) of the vote, while Illinois Sen. Barack Obama got46.73 percent (293).
The Long County results bucked statewide voting, which had Obama beating Clinton and Huckabee beating McCain.
According to Long County Election's Superintendent Marie Middleton, these results are unofficial.
"We won't have the official results until the "overseas" ballots have had a chance to come in on Friday."
Middleton said there were five absentee ballots from overseas taht could be received.
According to Middleton, this year's turnout was low, with 29.67 percent (1,299) of the 4,378 registered voters casting ballots.
Middleton did say the three new voting precincts worked well and were popular with both workers and voters.
"Everyone was real pleased with the three new precincts (Rye Patch, Tibet and North Ludowici)," Middleton said. "We had comments on the parking being better and everyone having a lot more room."
She also said the photo ID requirement went well.
"It went well, and we had no complaints. Everyone appeared to very supportive of it."
According to Middleton, the next election will be the general primary on July 15. In that election, local races will include county commissioners, sheriff, coroner, tax commissioner, and superior court clerk.
Those primaries and Tuesday's presidential primary lead to general elections on Nov. 4.
"I urge everyone to get out and vote. With early voting, and absentee voting available as far as 45 days before the elections, there is no reason people don't come and do their responsibility," said Middleton.
For more information, you can contact Middleton at (912) 545-2131.
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