General election results 2012.11.14

Written by David Green.

Morenci and Fayette both joined the voters nationally in choosing to keep Barack Obama in the White House for another four years.

Morenci votes favored the incumbent 453-370 while the race was closer in Fayette, 246-229. That wasn't the case in the townships. Medina Township voters favored Mitt Romney, 253-202, and Seneca Township went 262-230 for Romney.

Across the state border, Lyons went 135-129 for Romney, and in Chesterfield Township it was 271-175. Gorham Township voters supported the GOP 275-173, and Franklin Township went 254-95.

Third-party candidates drew a few votes in each precinct, led by 17 votes in Chesterfield Township and 14 each in Fayette and Gorham Township. In Morenci, the U.S. Taxpayers Party candidate was given 13 votes.

Fulton County voters were much better at getting to the polls, led by Chesterfield's 71 percent turnout to a low of 65 percent in Fayette. By contrast, the turnout in Morenci was only 53 percent and 52 in Medina Township, while Seneca Township had 57 percent of registered voters at the polls.

MICHIGAN—Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow was supported in Morenci and the townships, while Republican incumbent U.S. Representative Tim Walberg led in all three precincts. Both were returned to office.

Morenci voters gave state representative candidate Jim Berryman its support while the townships went with incumbent Nancy Jenkins. In overall voting, Jenkins was given another term.

In Morenci's uncontested city council seat vote, Robert Jennings retained his appointed seat.

OHIO—Both of Fayette's levy requests were approved. Residents voted to approve the village's general operating levy replacement, 257-217, and the park levy replacement was approved 255-222.

Although Fayette the majority of Fayette voters back Obama, they favored GOP candidates in all other races. In the vote for U.S. Senator, 36 voters favored Scott Rupert who ran without any party affiliation.

Voters in each of the area townships favored GOP candidates. Lyons came the closest going to Democratic in one race, with Sherrod Brown losing to Josh Mandel by a 44-46 percent margin. Nine percent of Lyons voters went with Rupert.

In Franklin Township, the tax levy for fire protection and ambulance services passed 262-80. In Gorham Township, voters approved the sale of liquor by Anchor Bay Carryout and Pub, 239-209, but turned down a request for the Sunday sale of beer, 207-240.

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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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