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Vinton County backs Santorum, but Romney wins Ohio nomination

March 7, 2012

Ohio voters endorsed Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney in what turned out to be a close race, according to the Ohio Secretary of State’s website.

Romney received 456,205 votes (37.95 percent), while Rick Santorum was a close second with 445,697 (37.07). Other GOP candidates included Newt Gingrich, 175,375 (14.59); Ron Paul, 111,093 (9.24); Rick Perry, 7,428 (0.62) and Jon Hunstman, 6,415 (0.53). President Barack Obama received 547,588 votes.

Vinton County voters endorsed Santorum with 582 votes, over 372 for Romney.

Romney took five other states — Massachusetts, Alaska, Vermont, Idaho and Virginia — on Super Tuesday, while Santorum won Oklahoma, Tennessee and North Dakota. Gingrich won in Georgia.

Other state primaries also saw close results.

In the Republican primary for 94th District State Representative, Charles Richter narrowly escaped with the nomination over Micah Martindale. Richter had 4,434 votes (51.71) to Martindale’s 4,141 (48.29). Incumbent Debbie Phillips, D-Athens, received 7,306 votes.

The race was close in Vinton County, where Richter received 193 votes to Martindale’s 180.

In the Republican primary for 93rd District State Representative, Ryan Smith took the nomination with 6,902 votes (40.92), while Bill Dingus had 6,840 (40.56) and Jim Ripenhoff had 3,123 (18.52). Democrat Luke Scott received 3,215 votes in the uncontested primary. Vinton County endorsed Smith with 348 votes.

In the race for Congressional District 15 representative, Pat Lang had 16,111 (56.79 percent) and Scott Wharton had 12,260 (43.21). Vinton County endorsed Wharton with 410 votes, while Lang received 392 votes. Republican Steve Stivers took the nomination with 68,514 (89.36), while Charles Chope had 8.157 (10.64). Vinton County voted similarly, giving Stivers a commanding 920-218 victory over Chope.

In the uncontested primary for 30th District State Senate, Democrat Lou Gentile had 26,172 votes and Republican Laura Groux had 22,948.

For complete Vinton County results, click here.

All results are unofficial pending verification by the Ohio Board of Elections.

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