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Newt wins big in Pike

On Super Tuesday, 10 states held primary elections, including Georgia. Local results started rolling in shortly after 7 p.m. when the polls closed and were all calculated before 9 p.m. In Georgia’s 2012 primary election, around 31% of Pike County’s registered voters cast their vote. With a total of 3,182 votes cast in Pike County, Gingrich received an overwhelming majority of the votes with 1,739 or around 55% of all votes. Rick Santorum received a total of 583 votes, Mitt Romney received a total of 471 votes, Ron Paul received a total of 198, Obama received a total of 187 votes, Rick Perry received 5 votes, Michele Bachmann received 4 votes, Jon Huntsman received 3 votes, Gary Johnson received 2 votes and Buddy Roemer received 0 votes. According to the Associated Press, 47.2% of Republican voters chose Gingrich over the other eight Republican candidates (with only 10% of precincts reporting). See exact voting totals below. The first results came in around 7:10 p.m., with Barack Obama receiving 57 votes and Newt Gingrich receiving 289 votes from in-person advanced voting. On absentee mail-in ballots, Obama received 23 votes and Newt Gingrich received 54 votes. In Zebulon, 18 voted for Obama and 164 voted for Gingrich. In Concord, 17 voted for Obama and 137 voted for Gingrich. In Lifsey Springs, 20 voted for Obama and 134 voted for Gingrich. In Williamson, 10 voted for Obama and 198 voted for Gingrich. In Molena, 9 voted for Obama and 112 voted for Gingrich. In Hollonville, 7 voted for Obama and 173 voted for Gingrich. In Meansville, 14 voted for Obama and 162 voted for Gingrich. In Second District, 12 voted for Obama and 316 voted for Gingrich. Early (advanced) voting: 598 TOTAL VOTES Barack Obama – 57 Michele Bachmann – 0 Newt Gingrich – 289 Jon Huntsman – 1 Gary Johnson – 1 Ron Paul – 25 Rick Perry – 2 Buddy Roemer – 0 Mitt Romney – 84 Rick Santorum – 139 Absentee voting (mail in ballots): 120 TOTAL VOTES Barack Obama – 23 Michele Bachmann – 0 Newt Gingrich – 54 Jon Huntsman – 0 Gary Johnson – 0 Ron Paul – 5 Rick Perry – 0 Buddy Roemer – 0 Mitt Romney – 16 Rick Santorum – 22 ZEBULON precinct: 296 TOTAL VOTES Barack Obama – 18 Michele Bachmann – 0 Newt Gingrich – 164 Jon Huntsman – 1 Gary Johnson – 0 Ron Paul – 11 Rick Perry – 1 Buddy Roemer – 0 Mitt Romney – 46 Rick Santorum – 55 CONCORD precinct: 256 TOTAL VOTES Barack Obama – 17 Michele Bachmann – 0 Newt Gingrich – 137 Jon Huntsman – 0 Gary Johnson – 0 Ron Paul – 16 Rick Perry – 0 Buddy Roemer – 0 Mitt Romney – 35 Rick Santorum – 51 LIFSEY SPRINGS precinct: 219 TOTAL VOTES Barack Obama – 20 Michele Bachmann – 1 Newt Gingrich – 134 Jon Huntsman – 0 Gary Johnson – 0 Ron Paul – 14 Rick Perry – 0 Buddy Roemer – 0 Mitt Romney – 21 Rick Santorum – 29 WILLIAMSON precinct: 314 TOTAL VOTES Barack Obama – 10 Michele Bachmann – 0 Newt Gingrich – 198 Jon Huntsman – 0 Gary Johnson – 0 Ron Paul – 18 Rick Perry – 0 Buddy Roemer – 0 Mitt Romney – 49 Rick Santorum – 39 MOLENA precinct: 254 TOTAL VOTES Barack Obama – 9 Michele Bachmann – 1 Newt Gingrich – 112 Jon Huntsman – 0 Gary Johnson – 0 Ron Paul – 32 Rick Perry – 0 Buddy Roemer – 0 Mitt Romney – 47 Rick Santorum – 53 HOLLONVILLE precinct: 307 TOTAL VOTES Barack Obama – 7 Michele Bachmann – 0 Newt Gingrich – 173 Jon Huntsman – 1 Gary Johnson – 1 Ron Paul – 19 Rick Perry – 1 Buddy Roemer – 0 Mitt Romney – 52 Rick Santorum – 53 MEANSVILLE precinct: 278 TOTAL VOTES Barack Obama – 14 Michele Bachmann – 1 Newt Gingrich – 162 Jon Huntsman – 0 Gary Johnson – 0 Ron Paul – 17 Rick Perry – 0 Buddy Roemer – 0 Mitt Romney – 36 Rick Santorum – 48 SECOND DISTRICT precinct: 551 TOTAL VOTES Barack Obama – 12 Michele Bachmann – 1 Newt Gingrich – 316 Jon Huntsman – 0 Gary Johnson – 1 Ron Paul – 41 Rick Perry – 1 Buddy Roemer – 0 Mitt Romney – 85 Rick Santorum – 94 PIKE COUNTY VOTING TOTALS: 30% of registered voters TOTAL VOTES: 3,182 Barack Obama – 187 Michele Bachmann – 4 Newt Gingrich – 1,739 Jon Huntsman – 3 Gary Johnson – 2 Ron Paul – 198 Rick Perry – 5 Buddy Roemer – 0 Mitt Romney – 471 Rick Santorum – 583 The system Georgia uses to distribute its 76 delegates is a bit complicated. As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution explains it, each of the 14 new congressional districts awards three delegates, for a total of 42, and 34 are selected proportionally based on statewide results. If a candidate gets a majority in a congressional district, he gets all three delegates. Otherwise, the top vote-getter receives two delegates, and the runner-up gets one. In the statewide distribution, a candidate needs at least 20 percent of the vote to get a share. Nine candidates are on the GOP ballot: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Gary Johnson and Buddy Roemer. Only President Barack Obama is on the Democratic ballot. So as the Georgia results come in, watch whether Gingrich can break the 50 percent mark, meaning he’ll take the lion’s share of Peach State delegates, and whether Romney and Santorum finish above or below the 20 percent line to get any statewide delegates.

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