Obama, Romney close in Midlands

From Staff ReportsNovember 10, 2012 

Obama 2012

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia, right, walk from Marine One to board Air Force One at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago, the day after the presidential election. Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

CAROLYN KASTER — AP

  • Comparing 2012 and 2008 A look at the presidential race in S.C. President Obama’s winning margin increased by more than a 1,000 votes from 2008 in: Orangeburg County, up more than 3,000 votes Sumter County, up almost 1,500 votes GOP nominee Romney’s winning margin increased by more than 1,000 votes compared to Republican John McCain in: Greenville County, up more than 7,500 Beaufort County, up more than 5,000 Horry County, up more than 4,000 votes York County, up almost 4,000 votes Berkeley County, up more than 3,000 votes Lancaster, Spartanburg, Anderson, Pickens and Oconee counties, all up more than 1,000 votes To watch in 2016? Colleton County could go Republican. The Democratic margin of victory in the coastal county has dropped to 31 votes. Charleston County also could flip Republican. Obama won the county by almost 13,000 votes in 2008 but only 3,779 votes this year. Florence County could flip Democratic. Republican nominee McCain took the county by almost 2,000 votes in 2008, but Romney won it by only about 350 votes.

While he lost South Carolina by more than 200,000 votes in Tuesday’s election, there was some good news for President Barack Obama: The incumbent Democratic president took 21 of South Carolina’s 46 counties, up from 20 counties four years ago.

And Obama ran neck and neck with GOP nominee Mitt Romney in three Midlands counties.

According to unofficial returns, Romney took 1,055,580 S.C. votes to win the state’s nine electoral votes. That was about 20,000 more votes than GOP nominee John McCain won in 2008.

Obama took 848,325 S.C. votes, about 14,000 fewer than he won four years ago, according to the state Election Commission.

In the Midlands, Obama won Richland County by a 47,625-vote margin – 94,350 to 46,725. Obama’s winning margin in Richland was down 90 votes from 2008. However, both Obama and Romney received about 10,000 fewer votes each than Obama and McCain tallied in Richland in 2008.

Romney carried Lexington County by a 42,385-vote margin – 76,392 to 34,007. That was up about 700 votes from McCain’s winning margin in 2008.

Romney also won Kershaw County by about 5,000 votes – 15,846 to 10,821. However, his margin of victory was down by about 200 votes from McCain’s 2008 win.

Obama took the three Midlands counties combined by about 200 votes.

Statewide, Obama won Darlington County this time around, adding it to the 20 S.C. counties that he took in 2008.

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