Romney Wins Ga.; Picks Up 16 Electoral Votes

November 6, 2012 8:25 PM
Romney Wins Ga.; Picks Up 16 Electoral Votes
" ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney beat Democrat Barack Obama in Georgia’s presidential election on Tuesday, an expected outcome in a GOP-dominated state.

Though both Romney and Obama raised money in Georgia, neither mounted a major campaign here. Georgia shifted strongly Republican years ago, and the GOP holds every statewide office. Romney picks up the state’s 16 electoral votes.

Although Georgia is a bastion for Republicans, it has not always favored Romney. During the state’s presidential primary in March, exit polling showed Romney had trouble attracting two big parts of the local GOP base: voters who describe themselves as “very conservative” and evangelicals. Former Georgia Congressman and House Speaker Newt Gingrich won the GOP primary in March, getting 47 percent of the vote compared to 26 percent for Romney. Gingrich later dropped out of the race.

Attorney General Sam Olens, who chaired Romney’s Georgia campaign, described the election as a good sign for local Republicans ahead of the 2014 governor’s race.

“Clearly, the Democrats are trying to make a statement that they can come back in two years,” Olens said in a phone interview. “The better we show with Gov "

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