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Romney is Paulding's choice for president; Democrat Alexander narrowly wins new House seat
by staff reports
November 06, 2012 11:47 AM | 2894 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kaitlin Lewis casts her vote at the Hope Church precinct near Dallas today.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won 71 percent of Paulding County votes as part of his statewide victory in Georgia.

Paulding voters also overwhelmingly voted for the charter school amendment to the state constitution.

Almost 74 percent -- or about 57,000 -- of Paulding's 78,000 registered voters went to the polls.

Democrat Kimberly Alexander used a strong showing in Douglas County to narrowly defeat Republican Bob Snelling for the new Georgia House District 66 seat in today's election.

With 10 of 10 precincts reporting, Alexander tallied 52 percent of the vote to Snelling's 48 percent, according to totals listed on the Georgia Secretary of State's web site.

Alexander, a Douglasville resident with strong ties to Paulding County, won 57 percent of the vote in the Douglas County part of the two-county district. Snelling easily won in the heavily Republican Paulding County part, but could not overcome the Douglas County vote.

Snelling was seeking a return to the Georgia General Assembly after serving four terms before departing in 2002.

Alexander had lost previous races for Hiram City Council and Georgia House District 67.

In other races, south Paulding resident Micah Gravley easily defeated Leigh McMutry of Winston for the House District 67 seat.

The seat was left vacant when Bill Hembree of Winston resigned to run for the vacant Senate District 30 seat.

Hembree won 48 percent of the vote in a special Republican primary for the seat today. He will face Mike Dugan of Carrollton in a Dec. 4 runoff after Dugan received 24 percent of the vote to finish second out of four candidates.

County Election Supervisor Deidre Holden said Paulding Countians took advantage of early voting with 35,602 marking their ballots.

“Our biggest challenge this morning was the rain,” she noted, “and getting everyone inside. But we got that worked out.”

Around 10 a.m., voting activity at Hiram High School had died down to a handful of voters.

However, the voting site had eager voters lining up outside as early as 6 a.m., said poll manager Suzanne Cole.

“We’ve not had a line at 6 o’clock ever before,” Cole noted, “so I don’t think the rain was a deterrent.”

She added, “At 6 a.m. we had a lobby full. In the first hour, we had 186 votes cast.”

The voting tally had increased to approximately 300 by mid-morning, she said.

“There has not been more than a 20-minute wait since voting started,” said the poll manager.

“Moods have been pleasant,” said Cole. “Everyone has been ready and eager, so it’s been good.”

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