Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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November 8, 2012

Republicans dominate local election

EFFINGHAM — President Barack Obama may have been re-elected Tuesday, but Effingham County voters didn’t like him any better than they ever have.

    County voters registered their distaste for the president in a big way. Obama, who hasn’t come close to carrying the county in three state nor nationwide elections, polled only 23.16 percent of the vote here, compared to 75.04 percent for Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

    Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein split the other 1.5 percent of the vote, though there were 51 write-in votes as well.

    Republicans carried the day in all local legislative and judicial races, too, exceeding their district-wide vote totals within the county.

    U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, posted 78.26 percent of the vote here in his lopsided win over Democrat Angela Michael of Highland. Shimkus carried the newly re-drawn 15th District by more than two to one, polling 68.9 percent to 31.1 percent for Michael on his way to a 10th term in Congress.

    In the 54th District state Senate race, Lebanon Republican Kyle McCarter carried the county with 73.29 percent of the vote over Democrat Danny Stover. McCarter won district-wide, 62 percent to 38 percent.

    The other contested race of interest was the contest for a seat on the Fifth District Appellate Court. In that race, Republican Stephen McGlynn nearly doubled up on Democrat Judy Cates, polling 65.45 percent of the vote. But Cates used a huge turnout in the more Democrat Metro East area to eke out a 52-48 win.

    Effingham County also voted in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment on public employee pensions, but it failed statewide because a 60 percent threshold was not met.

    Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, or at bill.grimes@effinghamdailynews.com.

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