Almost 16,000 voted in Nov. 2 general election

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By Damon Lawrence

The Roane County Election Commission met Thursday and certified the results from the Nov. 2 election.

Anyone who wished to contest the results had five days after certification to do so.

Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said he doubted anyone would.

“I think the margins were wide enough that we won’t have any,” he said.

Holiway said he thought the election went well and there were few complaints. According to returns posted by the Election Commission, 15,891 people voted.

“It was a little bit less than what we had in 2006, but that was when we had the (Bob) Corker-Harold Ford thing,” Holiway said. “That generated a lot of interest.”

The biggest local story from the election was Republican upstart Julia Hurley’s victory over long-time Democrat state Rep. Dennis Ferguson.

Republican Bill Haslam defeated Democrat Mike McWheter in a landslide in the race for governor.

Current Gov. Phil Bredesen couldn’t seek re-election because of term limits.  

“There was some interest in some of the races this time, but not as great as it’s been in the past,” Holiway said. “The governor’s race didn’t create as much interest as past ones have.”

Holiway said city elections for Kingston, Rockwood, Harriman and Oliver Springs are scheduled for June.

The Presidential Preference Primary is set for February 2012.