2012-03-01 / Front Page

Roscommon County opts for Romney

Voters in Roscommon County Tuesday followed the statewide trend, choosing Mitt Romney over his main Republican rival, Rick Santorum, according to unofficial results.

County-wide Romney received 45.8% of the vote among Republican voters with a total of 1,587 votes. Santorum received 31.92% of the vote with a total of 1,106 votes.

While Romney was the top choice in almost all of the townships in the county, Santorum was slightly favored over Romney in Richfield Township (by 17 votes) and in AuSable Township (by two votes). Statewide, Mitt Romney garnered 41% of the vote, edging out Rick Santorum at 38%.

Candidates Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul received 9.87% and 9.15% of the Roscommon County Republican vote, respectively.

President Barack Obama received 81.89% of the vote on the Democratic primary ballot, while “uncommitted” received 17.08%.

Roscommon County Clerk Ann Bonk said turn-out county-wide was lower than in the last presidential primary in 2008. Of the 21,699 registered voters, just 3,465 cast their votes Tuesday, down from 4,110 four years ago.

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