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County supports Romney, DesJarlais; Feldhaus, Rose win council races

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Henry Feldhaus, left, and Jo Ann Holland, candidates for the Ward 1 Shelbyville City Council seat, make last-minute appeals to voters at East Side School.
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Bedford County strongly supported Republican candidates in state and federal races, voting by large majorities for the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket over the incumbent ticket of President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden.

According to unofficial summary totals from the Bedford County election office, the total was 10,026 for Romney to 4,207 for Obama. Tennessee, as expected, went strongly for Romney, but Obama won re-election in the nationwide tally.

President Barack Obama gets a hug from first lady Michelle Obama at his election night party Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago. President Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
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The popular vote was close -- 50 percent for Obama, 48.4 percent for Romney, according to The Associated Press -- but the mechanics of the Electoral College system, provided for in the Constitution, gave Obama at least 303 electoral votes to Romney's 206.

City, town elections

Former Shelbyville mayor Henry Feldhaus defeated incumbent city council member Jo Ann Holland for Holland's Ward 1 seat on Shelbyville City Council, by a margin of 386 to 195, while incumbent Kay Rose held on to her Ward 3 seat, defeating challenger Lizzie Peoples by a margin of 460 to 583.

Feldhaus, after a day of campaigning in chilly, damp weather, went to bed early after his victory.

"Two or three hours later, I was still shivering," he said this morning. But he expressed pleasure at his election.

"I was thrilled," he said. "I look forward to trying to move Shelbyville forward and get things done. I know they've been under a lot of financial restraints lately. Hopefully, as the economy gets better the budget will get better along with it."

He said he wants the city to run smarter in order to provide better services and facilities.

Rose, a former editor of the Times-Gazette, thanked her supporters.

"I am just so appreciative to the people who voted for me," she said. Rose's husband Harold died Oct. 8 after a long illness, and Kay Rose thanked friends and supporters who worked on her behalf during her time of crisis.

"I know we've still got a lot to accomplish," said Rose. "This is my town, and I want the best for it."

Unopposed candidates winning complimentary votes included Jean Pruitt in Shelbyville City Council Ward 8; Barnett Payne, the only ballot candidate in a race for three seats on Wartrace Board of Mayor and Aldermen; Steve Lewis and Mike Mitchell, the only candidates in a race for two seats on the Normandy Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

DesJarlais re-elected

In the contested U.S. House race for the heavily-redistricted 4th District, the county supported Republican incumbent Scott DesJarlais over his challenger, Democratic State Sen. Eric Stewart, by a total of 7,246 to 4,832. DesJarlais was new to Bedford County, which is being moved from the 6th District to the 4th District effective with this election cycle. DesJarlais was the winner district-wide and will retain his seat.

All vote totals are unofficial until certified by the county election commission.

Two other Republicans, State Sen. Jim Tracy and State Rep. Pat Marsh, were unopposed, receiving complimentary votes.

Bedford County also strongly supported incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker over disavowed Democratic nominee Mark Clayton, 9,661 to 3,048. Clayton, who eventually had the dubious honor of being called possibly America's worst candidate by the Washington Post, was disavowed by the party after winning the August Democratic primary. Party officials noted Clayton's involvement in Public Advocate of the United States, which they characterize as a hate group, and claimed that voters unfamiliar with any of the candidates had voted for Clayton simply because he was at the top of the alphabetical list.

Corker won statewide, defeating Clayton by more than a two-to-one margin.

A busy day

Election commission members Allen Pitner and Travis Binion, after a busy election day, take a moment while waiting for the first returns to come in.
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A total of 14,521 voters participated in the election, according to unofficial figures. More than 15,000 voted in the comparable election four years ago.

Election officials reported a busy day, with numerous calls related to issues like address changes, but few if any serious problems.

One caller to the Times-Gazette reported being given the wrong slate of council members when voting at the Thomas Magnet School precinct. Election officials said this was an isolated incident, based on a poll worker's mistake, and said the voter should have raised an objection before finalizing the vote. They said they received no similar complaints from any other voter.

The poll records at each precinct location indicate a voter's council ward, and poll workers should not need to ask for that information, said election officials.