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Bucking the national trend, Roane County and the rest of the state went heavily for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Tuesday’s election.
However, the solid local and state support wasn’t enough to help Romney achieve his goal of capturing the White House.
The former Massachusetts governor conceded the presidential race to Barack Obama around midnight Wednesday.
“I have just called President Obama to congratulate him on his victory,” Romney said. “This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation.”
“The nation as you know is at a critical point,” Romney said. “At a time like this, we can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people’s work.”
In his victory speech, Obama said he congratulated Romney and Ryan on a hard-fought campaign.
“We may have battled fiercely, but it’s only because we love this country deeply,” Obama said. “We care so strongly about its future.”
According to unofficial returns, 21,423 people voted in Roane County.Romney captured 69.82 percent of the vote to Obama’s 28.53 percent.
Republicans also continued their dominance in state politics Tuesday.
Among those winning big were former Roane County commissioner Kent Calfee.
He easily defeated Democrat Jack McNew and Independent Allen Cole in House District 32, which includes parts of Roane and Loudon counties.
Calfee received 69.51 percent of the vote. McNew finished second in the race with 25.29 percent of the vote. Cole garnered 5.19 percent.
“Our margin of victory was the largest of any contested election in the modern history of the 32nd House District,” Calfee said in a prepared statement. He also promised to work hard in Nashville.
One of his colleagues will be Dayton Republican Ron Travis, who ran unopposed in House District 31, which includes three precincts in Roane County.
State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, ran unopposed in the 12th Senatorial District.
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker easily won re-election.
Ditto for U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, who defeated Democrat Mary Headrick and Independent Matthew Deniston in the Third Congressional District, which includes Roane County.
Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said there was no glitches reported on Election Day.
“It went real good,” he said. “We didn’t have any problems at any of the precincts.”