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Tennessee election results heavily favor GOP

By Lyndsay Riggs
On November 12, 2012

Tennessee ultimately conceded its 11 electoral votes to Republican nominee Mitt Romney, the second election in a row in which Tennessee has not backed the national winner.

Gov. Romney received 1,446,264 votes, or 59 percent, whereas President Obama received 949,105, or 39 percent (as of 1:30 AM Nov. 7).

Republican incumbent Bob Corker was elected to continue his place in office as United States Senator for Tennessee.  He received 1,470,099 votes-approximately 65 percent of the total.  Republican Stephen Lee Fincher, too, was re-elected to retain his place as the United States House of Representative for the 8th Congressional District in Tennessee.  He won with 190,031 votes-approximately 68 percent of the total.

Closer to home, Republican John Stevens won Democratic Roy Herron's seat as the Tennessee State Senator for the 24th Senatorial District.  He competed for the seat against Democratic Brad Thompson and earned 38,656 votes, or approximately 56 percent of the total. For Tennessee's State House of Representatives in the 76th District, Republican Andy Holt was re-elected in a rather close race against Democrat Mark Maddox; Holt received 11,119 votes as opposed to Maddox's 9,351 votes.

In Weakley County alone, the majority backed up the winners for each office, except for the Presidential race in which approximately 70 percent of voters cast their ballots for Mitt Romney and only 29 percent voted for Barack Obama.
The winners of the local races are as follows:

City of Martin Alderman
Ward 1: Danny M. Nanney
Ward 2: David Sudberry
Ward 3: Randy Edwards

City of Dresden Aldermen-At-Large
Joyce Hurt,  Richard "Dick" Tidwell,
Jeffrey "Jeff" Washburn

City of Greenfield -Mayor
Cindy McAdams

City of Greenfield Aldermen-At-Large
Paul Grooms,  Donald Ray High,  Troy R. Jones,
James Roy Pope

City of Gleason - Mayor
Diana Poole

City of Gleason Aldermen-At-Large
Charles Bookout,  Jerry S. Connell,  
Michael Ray Morris,  Kris Morse

City of Sharon - Mayor
Monroe Ary

City of Sharon Aldermen-At-Large
Stewart Broussard,  Wanda S. Hamlin

City of Sharon -Alderman
Jason Plunk

One of the elects, Martin Alderman David Sudberry expressed his adamant desires to improve the town-gown relationship.

"To be a college town, we should have more main restaurants, places for students to work-to keep them in Martin on the weekends-and we're going to have to find more activities for students to get them engaged in Martin so they will stay," Sudberry said.

He further explained the need for more property being zoned commercial so that businesses may come into Martin.
Sudberry essentially advocated "a better quality of life" for UTM students.

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