Millard loses Polk and District 10 in Congressional race

Published 11:02 am Wednesday, November 9, 2016

COLUMBUS-Polk County’s own Andy Millard (D) lost to incumbent Congressman Patrick McHenry (R) Tuesday night by a wide margin in both Polk County and the district for the U.S. House of Representatives District 10.

Millard called to congratulate McHenry Tuesday night but was unable to reach him.

“We gave the people of the 10th District the choice; they chose, and I respect the will of the voters,” Millard said Tuesday night. “It is my fervent hope that members of Congress can come together to really address the issues that face the people they represent.”

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Millard received 4,586 Polk County votes compared to McHenry’s 6,010 votes in Polk County, according to unofficial results from the Polk County Board of Elections Tuesday night.

During early voting, Millard was only trailing McHenry by 532 votes with McHenry receiving 3,766 Polk County early votes and Millard receiving 3,234 early votes.

On Election Day, McHenry received 1,944 Polk County votes, compared to Millard’s 1,114 votes on Election Day.

Statewide, with 197 of 197 precincts reporting, McHenry won over Millard by 91,475 votes with McHenry receiving 219,589 votes compared to Millard’s 128,114 votes district-wide.

In Polk County, Millard lost to McHenry in all precincts except for Tryon.

In Coopers Gap, Millard received 241 votes compared to McHenry’s 723 votes; in Columbus 7, Millard received 684 votes compared to McHenry’s 847 votes; in Columbus 8, Millard received 677 votes compared to McHenry’s 936 votes; in Green Creek, Millard received 652 votes compared to McHenry’s 1,064 votes; in Saluda, Millard received 422 votes compared to McHenry’s 601 votes; in Tryon, Millard received 1,168 votes compared to McHenry’s 799 votes and in White Oak, Millard received 416 votes compared to McHenry’s 667 votes, according to unofficial results.