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GOP prevails in county General Election races

Republican Party candidates won the favor of Morgan County voters in all but one race in the General Election on Nov. 6.

The presidential battle was easily won by Republican challengers Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. They received 35,309 votes compared to 13,403 votes for incumbent Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Three independent candidates combined garnered .98 percent of the vote while write-ins received .17 percent of ballots cast.

In a similar outcome, Fifth District U.S. Representative Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville was reelected with 34,909 votes. His Democrat challenger Charlie Holley polled 13,210 votes.

Republican nominees Roy Moore and Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh also prevailed with sizeable margins of victory in state races.

In the race for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Moore defeated Democrat Bob Vance, 29,573 to 18,789 votes while Cavanaugh came out on top against Democrat Lucy Baxley, 31,189 to 16,298 votes.

In three contested races for county offices, Republicans prevailed in two. Jennifer Millwee Howell defeated incumbent Democrat Sherrie W. Paler for Circuit Court Judge, 8th Judicial Circuit, Place 1. Howell garnered 26,832 votes compared to 20,853 for Paler.

Chris Priest defeated his Democrat opponent, Martin Steelmon, 34,717 to 12,348 votes in the race for Morgan County Circuit Clerk.

Glenn Thompson was the only Democrat to emerge as a winner in the election. He overcame a challenge from Republican BR “Buzz” Brown, 25,131 to 22,480 votes.

The following Republican nominees emerged as winners for seven other county offices with only write-in opposition: Steven E. Haddock, Circuit Court Judge, Place 3; Shelly Slate Waters, District Court Judge, Place 2; Greg Cain, Judge of Probate; Don Stisher, Morgan County Commissioner, Place 3; Greg Abercrombie, Morgan County Commissioner, Place 4; Billy J. Rhodes, Morgan County Board of Education, District 1; and Jimmy Dobbs, Morgan County Board of Education, District 5.

Voters also approved 10 of 11 proposed constitutional amendments. Amendment 4, which proposed to eliminate all racially biased language from the State Constitution, was defeated, 23,166 to 18,469 votes.

The election had a heavy turnout of voters. Ballots were cast by 49,520 voters, or 69.96 percent of the county’s 70,787 registered voters. Straight party votes were cast by 14,517 Republicans and 7,401 Democrats.

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