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Long County votes strongly Republican
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LUDOWICI -- Long County went against the national vote Tuesday, supporting Republican John McCain by almost 2-1 over Democrat Barack Obama.

McCain received 61 percent of the Long County votes cast (2,117), while Obama got 37 percent (1,281 votes). Libertarian candidate, Bob Barr got 43 votes or 1 percent.

In the U.S. Senate race, Long County supported incumbent Republican Saxby Chambliss with nearly 52 percent (1,691) compared to Democrat Jim Martinwith 44 percent (1,445). Libertarian candidate Allen Buckley received 4 percent(121) of the votes.

Republican incumbent Jack Kingston, overwhelmingly won the U.S. House seat, receiving 70 percent of the votes, while Democrat Jack Gillespie brought in 30 percent (992), giving the Republicans a sweep of the big three races in the county.

Incumbents dominated local races. That as especially evident on the board of education.

Incumbent BoE Chairman Dempsey Golden won his bid for re-election in the District 2, Rye Patch/Oak Dale race, with 68 percen (649) of the votes. Challenger Cynthia Wells received 32 percent (306).

In District 5, Tibet, there were three candidates and incumbent Emma Strickland brought in 51 percent (399) of the votes, compared to challengers Parker Dunham's 26 percent (202) and Jason Allen's 23 percent (179).

The only judge race decided was for probate judge. And incumbent Marie Middleton won handily, bringing in 71 percent (2,179)s, compared to challenger Cathy Stapleton receiving 29 percent (906).

In the only commissioner race to be decided, Democrat Wallace Shaw edged out Republican Tim Works in the District 2 Rye Patch/Oak Dale race. Shaw received 503 votes, or 51 percent, compared to Works' 49 percent or 478 votes.

Results were provided by Long County Probate Court Clerk Shanna Skipper. The results are unofficial. Official results will not be available until Friday, when all military, absentee and provisional votes are certified.

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