Saline County voters went to the polls yesterday and decisively chose former candidate for U.S. President Mitt Romney as their next leader, despite President Barack Obama's win nationwide.
Obama received 3,697 Saline County votes while Romney received 6,803. In Gallatin County Obama received 1,028 votes and Romney received 6,803 votes, according to the Associated Press.
Incumbent Republican, U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, beat his opponent in the county by nearly 5,000 votes. Shimkus received in his district a total of 203,280 votes or 69 percent and his opponent Angela Michael received 91,992 or 31 percent.
Incumbent Democratic state senator Gary Forby also beat his opponent Mark Minor in Saline County, gaining around 60 percent of the votes. He won the position in the rest of the 59th district, as well. Forby's total votes in his district were 55,545 or 58 percent to Minor's 39,964 or 42 percent.
In addition, Democrat Judy Cates beat out Republican Stephen McGlynn in the race for a vacant seat in the Fifth District Appellate Court in the county, following the rest of the 37 counties the district covers. In Saline County she received 4,796 or 55 percent of the vote to McGlynn's 3,928 or 45 percent. In the district she received 281,228 votes of 52 percent while Stephen McGlynn received 259,662 votes or 48 percent.
As far as county races go, incumbent Republican Jerry Doug Watson beat Democrat Curt Hustedde for the position of county coroner, though it was a close race. Watson received 5,469 votes or 53 percent to Hustedde's 4,788 or 46 percent.
"No matter who wins tonight, I know someone qualified will be the coroner for this county," Hustedde said before the final results were tallied.
The question of Home Rule, which was only on Harrisburg ballots, was voted down, with 57 percent of voters choosing to vote against the referendum. The referendum received 1,285 votes in support and 1,736 votes against.
City Commissioner John McPeek was surprised by the results on that question, as the commissioners were hoping it would win easily.
The race was close for county board members, with some surprises. Republican Carey Harbison received the most votes with 5,882, followed by Democrat David Phelps 5,131. The remaining 11 positions will be filled by Republican Joe Jackson with 4,659, Democrat Jim Fowler with 4,504, Republican Roger Craig with 4,481, Republican Karla Carrigan with 3,945, Republican Dennis Wilson with 4,056, Republican Jeff Murrie with 3,888, Democrat Bob Oglesby with 4,085, Democrat Bruce Tolley with 3,867, Democrat Gary Siebert with 3,858, Democrat Danny Gibbs with 4,456 and Democrat Molly Wilson-Dearing with 3,633.
A total of 10,949 ballots were cast in Saline County, out of more than 16,000 registered voters.