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McCain, Obama carry area

Voters went to the polls in record numbers in McDuffie and Warren counties on Tuesday with John McCain the victor on the Republican side and Barack Obama the winner on the Democractic side.

McDuffie County Elections Director Phyllis Wheeler said 41 percent of the county's active 10,901 voters cast ballots in the Republican and Democratic Presidential Preference Primaries.

"I'm very pleased with the turnout of voters that we had in McDuffie County," Ms. Wheeler said.

In Warren County, meanwhile, 1,390 voters or 37.39 percent cast ballots, according to election returns posted by Warren County Probate Judge Janice Thigpen.

Mr. McCain garnered a total of 974 votes in McDuffie County in the Republican Presidential Preference Primary. Finishing second was Mike Huckabee with 863 votes, while Mitt Romney collected 562 votes.

Although Warren County figures were lower, the same Republican candidates finished in the same order. Mr. McCain tallied 194 votes to his closest challenger, Mr. Huckabee with 189 votes - a difference of only five votes. Mr. Romney came in third with 126 votes.

The Democratic Presidential Preference Primary in McDuffie County featured the first African-American, Mr. Obama, seeking the presidency and the nation's first woman, Hillary Clinton challenging him for the same office. Mr. Obama received a total of 1,385 votes to Mrs. Clinton's 723 votes. Finishing third was John Edwards with 50 votes.

Warren County voters, once again, followed that same pattern.

Mr. Obama was the top vote getter with 563 votes to Mrs. Clinton's 252 votes. Finishing a distant third was Mr. Edwards with 17 votes.

Across the state, Mr. Huckabee was the declared Republican winner with Mr. McCain finishing second. Mr. Obama, meanwhile, nearly defeated Mrs. Clinton by a 2-1 margin.

Web posted on Thursday, February 07, 2008

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