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Obama wins, GOP sweeps in Cocke County


Dawn Williams, left, reads off election results to Cocke County Administrator of
Elections Joyce Slagle, right, on Tuesday night.
Published: 10:15 AM, 11/08/2012 Last updated: 10:15 AM, 11/08/2012

Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Although President Barack Obama won in his re-election bid, Republicans made a clean sweep in Tuesday's election in Cocke County.

In fact, in the U.S. and state races, GOP candidates carried every precinct.

In one of the most watched race of the evening, incumbent state Rep. Jeremy Faison won Cocke County with 7,006 votes (68 percent) to Democrat challenger Marjorie Ramsey's 3,156 votes (31 percent), according to unofficial numbers from the Cocke County Election Commission.

Faison also carried Greene and Jefferson counties in his successful re-election bid.

Meanwhile, in the presidential race, Mitt Romney collected 8,459 votes (74 percent) in the county to Barack Obama's 2,804 (24 percent). Romney netted about 500 fewer votes than John McCain did in the 2008 race, while Obama also finished about 500 votes behind his tally for 2008 in Cocke County.

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