County vot­ers choose their own

While Repub­li­cans won all their races in Floyd County, lo­cal can­di­dates had big­ger mar­gins of sup­port than Brian Kemp.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Diane Wag­ner DWag­ner@RN-T.com

Repub­li­can can­di­dates swept Floyd County in Tues­day’s elec­tions but a precinct-by-precinct look at the votes shows vary­ing pock­ets of sup­port.

In the coun­ty­wide con­tests, state Sen. Chuck Huf­stetler was the clear fa­vorite. He pulled 73.46 per­cent of the vote against Demo­cratic chal­lenger Evan Ross and was the high­est vote-get­ter in 11 precincts.

There are six precincts within the city lim­its of Rome and 19 in the un­in­cor­po­rated area, for a to­tal of 25.

Among Huf­stetler’s big­gest ar­eas of sup­port were Cave Spring, three precincts in Rome and the Chulio precinct, where he won 83.41 per­cent of the votes cast in his race. His mar­gin of sup­port got as high as 90.58 per­cent in Floyd Springs — in the north­ern part of the county — but vot­ers there chose U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, as their fa­vorite.

Graves won 90.91 per­cent of the vote in Floyd Springs against his Demo­cratic chal­lenger Ste- phen Foster, which was higher by far than the 73.04 per­cent he drew coun­ty­wide. He was the pre­ferred Repub­li­can in 10 precincts, in­clud­ing Mount Alto North in Rome.

Floyd County Com­mis­sion Chair Rhonda Wal­lace re­ceived the big­gest mar­gin of sup­port in two precincts. She won her con­test with Demo­crat Stephanie Wright with 72.54 per­cent of the vote coun­ty­wide.

Rep. Tom Graves

Sen. Chuck Huf­stetler

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