Thursday, November 6, 2008
County favors Democrats
By SUE WATSON and BARRY BURLESON
Marshall County, like the rest of the country, saw high interest from voters in Tuesday’s historic election.
Approximately 79 percent of registered voters in the county cast ballots in the November 4 election, likely the largest turnout in decades.
Voters turned out early and formed lines at most county precincts before 7 a.m. Voting went smoothly throughout the day, according to circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter.
The bulk of Marshall Countians sided with the Democratic candidates in the races for president/vice president, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. All results at press-time were unofficial; absentee ballots (1,447) had not been totaled.
County voters favored the Barack Obama-Joe Biden ticket. They received 59 percent of the vote to 41 percent for Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin. Nationwide, at press time, Obama-Biden were declared the winners.
One of the most hotly-contested races on this ballot was a special election for U.S. Senate. In Marshall County, Democrat Ronnie Musgrove got 53 percent of the vote to Republican Roger Wicker’s 47 percent.
County voters also favored the Democratic candidate, Erik Fleming, in the other U.S. Senate race. He got 54 percent of the vote locally to Republican incumbent Thad Cochran’s 46 percent.
Travis Childers easily won the majority of the vote in Marshall County for U.S. House. The Democrat received 68 percent of the vote to Republican Greg Davis’ 31 percent.
At press-time, other media were projecting Wicker, Cochran and Childers to win their races.
A couple of local races also highlighted the ballot – one school board seat (District 5) and an election commission post (District 3).
Terry Cook was elected to the school board. He got 64 percent of the vote to Terry Culver’s 36 percent. Incumbent Barbara Pipkin did not seek reelection.
Incumbent election commissioner Virginia Armour easily won reelection. She got 61 percent of the vote to challenger Chris Podewils’ 39.
Unofficial Marshall County totals in the nonpartisan judicial elections included:
Final election results from the county will be published in next week’s South Reporter. Also, check the website, www.southreporter.com.
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