Polk voters favor Romney, Keever, McHenry in national races

Published 12:41 am Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Polk County voters also had a number of national primaries to select choices for Tuesday, May 8.
In the Republican presidential nomination race, Polk County favored Mitt Romney, with 1,726 votes or by 68.46 percent. Coming far behind in second were Ron Paul with 292 votes, Rick Santorum in third with 180 votes and Newt Gingrich in fourth with 246. Romney also gained first statewide with 612,568 votes, with Paul in second with 102,777 votes.
When it came to District 10 of the U.S. House of Representatives, Polk voters selected Patsy Keever in the Democratic primary with 58.79 percent, or 1,167 votes (Timothy Murphy grabbed 266 votes and Terry Michelle Bellamy received 552 votes). Keever also won overall in the district with 57.92 percent, or 36,620 votes, as of 11 p.m. Tuesday evening.
On the Republican side of the aisle, Patrick McHenry won the District 10 primary with 67.37 percent or 1,433 of the votes cast (challenger Ken Fortenberry garnered 440 votes and Don Peterson 254 votes). McHenry also won district-wide with 58,580 votes or 72.56 percent, as of 11 p.m. Tuesday, May 8.

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