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Mitt Romney Wins Georgia

Voters in Georgia on Tuesday cast their ballot for Mitt Romney, giving him the state's 16 Electoral votes, according to early results.

In a move that fell in line with expectations, Mitt Romney was projected to win Georgia’s 16 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Democrat Barack Obama.

In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Republican candidate, and since the 1990s has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times.

Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Georgia and spent more time visiting the Peach State to raise money. The state has been a Republican stronghold in recent presidential elections. 

The economy was a key issue for many voters in Georgia state, which has had a higher than average unemployment rate.

Turnout was strong in Georgia and early voting was almost as popular this year as four years ago.

Statewide, nearly 1.9 million people voted early. In 2008, there were a little more than 2 million early ballots cast. And on Tuesday, many polling places reported steady or heavy turnout despite chilly, rainy weather as the polls opened.

At Kennesaw Elementary School, Charyl Stevenson voted for Mitt Romney.

"I'm ready for some change. Hopefully that's what's gonna happen in the next four years if he's elected," Stevenson said. "If not, I'm gonna pray real hard that Obama is gonna do something different because more of the same is not working."

At Towne Lake Community Church in Woodstock, Ken McGhee was eager to cast his ballot for Romney on Tuesday afternoon. "I think this is the true change we need to believe in," McGhee said.

In 2008, Georgia voters went for John McCain over Obama by 52.2% to 47%.

To keep up with Georgia's Charter School Amendment and other races, please see:

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Jenny Diehl November 10, 2012 at 06:02 AM
Please stop calling the Medicare and Social Security I had deducted from every paycheck for forty plus years "free stuff and benefits". My money was not "free". I earned it weekly from minimum wage on up. Now that I need the money I put into these programs, I keep hearing people talk about getting Medicare and Social Security as if I was leaching off the backs off working people. I worked the jobs, I had payments deducted. It was, and is , my money. There is nothing "free" about it.
Ground Chuck November 11, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Jenny, that is not what people are referring to. They are referencing the benefits such as welfare, food stamps, subsidies, etc. Benefits for doing nothing and not working have surpassed the nation's median income as of last year. That means it is cheaper to just sit at home, do nothing and wait for all flavors of government benefit checks. No, this is not retirement I am talking about.
Ground Chuck November 11, 2012 at 12:29 AM
And Pam, certainly was not trying to offend you. Pelosi actually came out and said that the House should pass the Healthcare Bill so they could all find out what was in it. Scary since she didn't have time to read it.
Education is a Luxury November 11, 2012 at 01:25 PM
You referring to the Cato analysis? It includes Medicaid in its assessment of equivalent wage. Also, the fact that the equivalent welfare wage ranges from 5.53 in Mississippi and 17.50 in Hawaii suggests that it's not federal policy. These entitlement talking points have to include retirement, college tuition, and everything else to get their numbers. Federal welfare/Chip/food stamps was $468billion.
Pam J November 11, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Most people cannot survive on welfare and food stamps. You cannot pay your mortgage or rent and all of your utilities. I admit that you can "adjust" to having less money, but it's not really a fun place to be. There have always been people who will take advantage of the system, but the increase in costs for these programs is, in a bit part, due to high unemployment. If companies would stop discriminating against unemployment people, the number of people getting benefits would drop. I don't get any aid because I apparently don't qualify, so I'm not costing you anything. I just hope that none of you ever have to apply for government aid.

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