It's finally over
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President Barack Obama won reelection over his Republican opponent, Gov. Mitt Romney, Tuesday across the nation, but Texas and, especially Upshur County, went overwhelmingly for the GOP challenger.

Final vote in Texas was 57 percent for Romney to 41 percent for Obama. In Upshur County, 79 percent voted for Romney for president. Romney received 11,945 votes, to 2,953 for Obama.

This compares with 55 percent of state voters for GOP presidential candidate John McCain in 2008, when Obama got 44 percent.

In that election, 74 percent in Upshur voted for McCain, and 25 percent for Obama, according to figures from the Texas Secretary of State’s web site.

Fifty-five percent of voters, or 6,499, voted straight Republican Party tickets, with 1,777, or 21 percent, voting straight Democratic tickets.

(A smattering, less than one percent total, voted for all other party or write-in candidates, including the Libertarian Party and Green Party.)

The number who voted in the county was 15,148, 57 percent, of the county’s 26,469 eligible voters, Upshur County Clerk Brandy Lee said. (Some school district also elected board members at the same locations, so some voters would be counted twice among the 35,073 eligible in both the county and school races, Mrs. Lee said. The total in that number of votes cast was 16,619, or 47 percent).

Some people did not vote in all races. In some “up-ballot” state races, the Democratic Party did not field a candidate, so the Republican was elected without opposition. In some races, Libertarians challenged the Republicans.

Early votes in Upshur County outnumbered those cast on Election Day. For example, in Straight Party voting, 4,573 (58 percent) of the 8,342 votes were early.

There were no contested races in Upshur County. All candidates on the General Election ballot for local offices were Republicans, and were elected without opposition. It marked the first time in memory that the once-dominant county Democratic Party had not run candidates in local races.

Results in Upshur County (returns complete but unofficial—they haven’t been canvassed yet—pecentages have been rounded) include:

• Straight Party—Republican (GOP—short for Grand Old Party, a nickname the name party received sometime around Civil War days), 6,499 (78 percent); Democrat, 1,777 (21 percent); Libertarian, 51 (0.61 percent); Green, 15 (0.18 percent).

• Slate of electors pledged to Presidential/Vice Presidential candidate—GOP, Milt Romney/Paul Ryan, 11,945 (79 percent); Democrat, Barack Obama/Joe Biden, 2,953 (20 percent); Libertarian, Gary Johnson/Jim Gray, 128 (0.61 percent); Green, Jill Stein/Cherl Honkala, 20 (0.13 percent); Write-in, Virgil Goode/Jim Clymer, 4 (0.03 percent).

U.S. Senator—GOP, Ted Cruz, 11,046 (74 percent); Paul Sadler, 3,524, (24 percent); Libertarian, John Jay Myers, 256 (2 percent); Green, David B. Collins, 70 (0.47 percent).

U.S. Rep, District 1—GOP, Louie Gohmert, 3,323(77 percent); Democrat, Shirley J. McKellar, 941, (22 percent); Libertarian, Clark Patterson, 78 votes (2 percent).

U.S. Rep, District 4—GOP, Ralph Hall, 8,232 (79 percent); Democrat, VaLinda Hathcox, 1,950 (19 percent); Libertarian, Thomas Grilling, 275 (3 percent); Write-in, Fred Rostek, 2 (0.02 percent).

Railroad Commissioner—GOP, Christi Craddick, 10,891 (75 percent); Democrat, Dale Henry, 3,133 (22 percent); Libertarian, Vivekananda (Vik) Wall, 263 (2 percent); Green, Chris Kennedy, 261 (2 percent).

Railroad Commissioner, Unexpired Term—GOP, Barry Smitherman, 11,324, 87 percent; Libertarian, Jalme O. Perez,. 1,144 (9 percent); Green, Josh Wenel, 497, (4 percent).

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 2—GOP, Don Willett, 11,595 (90 percent); RS Roberto Koelsch, 1,299 (10 percent).

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4—GOP, John Devine, 11,121 (86 percent); Libertarian, Tom Oxford, 1,280 (10 percent); Green Party, Charles Waterbury, 479 (4 percent).

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6—GOP, Nathan Hecht, 10,280, 71 percent; Democrat, Michele Petty, 3,419 (24 percent); Libertarian, Mark Ash, 484 (3 percent); Green, 214 (1.5 percent).

Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals—GOP, 10,529 (74 percent); Democrat, 3,260 (23 percent); Libertarian, Lance Stoll, 493, (3 percent).

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 7—GOP, Barbara Parker Hervey, 11,046 (86 percent); Libertarian, Mark W. Bennett 1,735 (14 percent).

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8—GOP, Elsa Alcaia, 10,814 (85 percent); Libertarian, William Bryan Strange III, 1,905 (15 percent).

Member, State Board of Education, District 9—GOP, Thomas Ratliff, 11,157 (86 percent); Libertarian, Sherri Little, 1,642 (14 percent).

State Senator, District 1—GOP, Kevin Eltife, 11,507 (79 percent); Democrat, Stephen Russell, 3,140 (21 percent).

State Representative, District 7—GOP, David Simpson, 11,834 (100 percent).

Justice, 6th Court of Criminal Appeals District, Place 2—GOP, Bailey C. Moseley, 11,009, 77 percent; Democrat, Frank Supercinski, 11,009 (23 percent).

Elected without General Election opposition in the county were the following Republicans (all got 100 percent of votes cast in their respective races): Sheriff, Anthony Betterton, 11,853; Tax Assessor-Collector, Sherron Laminack, 12,059; Commissioner, Pct. 1, Paula Gentry, 3,379; Commissioner, Pct. 3, Frank Berka, 2983; Constable, Pct. 1, Gene Dolle; Constable, Pct. 2, Jason Weeks, 2,783; Constable, Pct. 3, Stanley Jenkins, 3,023; Constable, Pct. 4, Phillip Hill, 2,906.
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