Greene County remains Republican stronghold

By Susan Gibbs

Tuesday night voters in Virginia swung to the left, helping President Barack Obama to a second term as President of the United States, but had the choice been left to Greene County voters, it would be Republican challenger Mitt Romney taking the oath of office come January.

Republican Alicia Harris of Stanardsville shows off her support for the Republican ticket at the Stanardsville polling place Tuesday, November 6

Likewise, while Democratic Governor Timothy Kaine overcame Republican Governor George Allen’s challenge statewide, had the decision been left to Greene County voters, it would be Allen sitting in the United States Senate next year.

But Republican Delegate to the United States House of Representatives Robert Hurt, who took his seat from Democrat Tom Perriello two years ago, held on to it this time around, overcoming challenges from Democrat John Wade Douglass.

Statewide Obama received 50.57 percent, or 1,868,191 votes to Romney’s 47.85 percent, or 1,767,692 votes, but in Greene County, Romney received 61.71 percent of the vote, or 5,558 votes, with Obama receiving 36.46 percent, or 3,284 votes.

Also running for the country’s presidency were Virginia native son and former delegate to the US House of Representatives from the 5th District Virgil Goode, running for the Constitution Party, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, running for the Libertarian Party, and Dr. Jill Stein, running for the Green Party of the United States.

Statewide, Goode received 0.37 percent, or13, 424 votes, Johnson received 0.80 percent, or 29,853 votes, Stein received 0.23 percent, or 8,310 votes, and 0.16 percent, or 5,966 voters, wrote their candidate in.

In Greene, Goode received 0.53 percent, or 48 votes, Johnson received 0.90 percent, or 81 votes, Stein received 0.24 percent or 22 votes, and 0.14 percent, or 13 votes, were write-ins.

The breakdown of the presidential vote, by precinct, is:

Dyke:

  • Romney, 69.61 percent, or 579 votes
  • Obama, 29.05 percent, or 242 votes
  • Goode, 0.48 percent, or 4 votes
  • Johnson, 0.60 percent or 5 votes
  • Stein, 0.36percent, or 3 votes
  • Write-ins, none

Midway

  • Romney, 62.68 percent, or 1,374 votes
  • Obama, 35.08 percent, or 769 votes
  • Goode, 0.68 percent, or 15 votes
  • Johnson, 1.05 percent, or 23 votes
  • Stein, 0.36 percent, or 8 votes
  • Write-ins, .20 percent, or 2 votes

Ruckersville

  • Romney, 58.46 percent, or 1,126 votes
  • Obama, 39.72 percent, or 765 votes
  • Goode, 0.52 percent, or 10 votes
  • Johnson, 1.04 percent, or 20 votes
  • Stein, 0.10 percent, or 2 votes
  • Write-ins, 0.16 percent, or 3 votes

Stanardsville

  • Romney, 64.20 percent, or 1,150 votes
  • Obama, 36.03 percent, or 664 votes
  • Goode, 0.71 percent, or 13 votes
  • Johnson, 0.60 percent, or 11 votes
  • Stein, 0.16 percent, or 3 votes
  • Write-ins, 0.11 percent, or 2 votes

Swift Run

  • Romney, 60.31 percent, or 734 votes
  • Obama, 37.88 percent, or 461 votes
  • Goode, 0.33 percent, or 4 votes
  • Johnson, 0.99 percent, or 12 votes
  • Stein, 0.25 percent, or 3 votes
  • Write-ins, 0.25 percent, or 3 votes

Central Absentee

  • Romney, 59.80 percent, or 595 votes
  • Obama, 38.49 percent or 383 votes
  • Goode, 0.20 percent, or 2 votes
  • Johnson, 1.01 percent, or 10 votes
  • Stein, 0.30 percent, or 3 votes
  • Write-ins, 0.20 percent, or 2 votes

While Kaine won the state, with 52.27 percent, or 1,874,745 votes to Allen’s 47.54percent, or 1,705,164 votes, Allen took Greene with 62.15 percent, or 5,541 votes, to Kaine’s 37.79 percent, or 3,369 votes. The breakdown in Greene, according to precinct, is:

Dyke

  • Allen, 70.24 percent, or 581 votes
  • Kaine, 29.45 percent, or 243 votes
  • Write-ins, 0.12 percent, or 6 votes

Midway

  • Allen, 62.17 percent, or 581 votes
  • Kaine, 29.45percent, or 243 votes
  • Write-ins, 0.09 percent, or 6 votes

Ruckersville

  • Allen, 59.02 percent, or 1,125 votes
  • Kaine, 40.92 percent, or 780 votes
  • Write-ins, 0.05 percent, or 1 vote

Stanardsville

  • Allen, 63.39 percent, or 1,153 votes
  • Kaine, 36.50 percent, or 664 votes
  • Write-ins,0.11or 2 votes

Swift Run

  • Allen, 62.18 percent, or 748 votes
  • Kaine, 37.82 percent, or 455 votes
  • Write-ins, none

Central Absentee

  • Allen, 58.89 percent, or 583 votes
  • Kaine, 41.11 percent, or 407 votes
  • Write-in, none

In the race for the 5th District seat in the United States House of Representatives, Hurt was challenged by Douglass, as well as Kenneth J. Hildebrandt, running for the Independent Greens of Virginia.

Hurt took both the district and the county. In the district, he claimed 55.38 percent, or 188,908 votes to Douglass’ 42.94 percent, or 145,861 votes, and to Hildebrandt’s 1.57 percent, or 5,327 votes, and to the 0.11 percent, or 364 write-in votes.

In Greene County overall, Hurt took 65.04 percent, or 5,742 votes to Douglass’ 32.92 percent, or 2,906 votes, to Hildebrandt’s 1.96 percent, or 173 votes, and to 0.08 percent, or 7 write-in votes. The breakdown, by precinct, follows.

Dyke

  • Hurt, 72.4 percent, or 592 votes
  • Douglass, 25.4 percent, or 209 votes
  • Hildebrandt, 1.60 percent, or 13 votes
  • Write-in, 0.08 percent, or 7 votes

Midway

  • Hurt, 63.13 percent, or 1,417 votes
  • Douglass, 32.07 percent, or 693 votes
  • Hildebrandt, 2.27 percent, or 49 votes
  • Write-in, 0.12 percent, or 2 votes

Ruckersville

  • Hurt, 63.13 percent, or 1,195 votes
  • Douglass, 32.07 percent, or 693 votes
  • Hildebrandt, 2.27 percent, or 49 votes
  • Write-in, 0.05 percent, or 1 vote

Stanardsville

  • Hurt, 65.57 percent, or 1,177 votes
  • Douglass, 32.31 percent, or 580 votes
  • Hildebrandt, 1.95 percent, or 35 votes
  • Write-in 0.17 percent, or 3 votes

Swift Run

  • Hurt, 63.19 percent, or 752 votes
  • Douglass, 35.04 percent, or 417 votes
  • Hildebrandt, 1.76 percent, or 21 votes
  • Write-in, none

Central Absentee

  • Hurt, 62.53 percent, or 609 votes
  • Douglass, 36.14 percent, or 352 votes
  • Hildebrandt, 1.33 percent, or 13 votes

Editor’s note:  These are the unofficial results of the Tuesday, November 6, 2012 election. According to the Virginia State Board of Elections Web site, results will not be official until after the county canvass of votes and state canvass of votes have been completed. The county canvass of votes occurs no more than seven days following the election. The state canvass of votes occurs no more than 27 days following the election.

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