There were few surprises among the St. Clair County for Tuesday’s general election.
The county – like the rest of the state of Alabama — turned out in large numbers Tuesday, with 35,326 voters going to the polls. The results were unsurprising as well – the county voted overwhelmingly in favor of Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney on Tuesday. With 38 of 39 precincts reporting, Romney was credited 15,607 votes, over 82 percent, to President Barack Obama’s 3,304 votes, or just over 17 percent in St. Clair County.
“I think it’s great,” said Freddie Turrentine, chairman of the Alabama Republican Party. “I think it’s great for the state, to see the turnout we had today. I think Alabama folks are trying to send message, that they don’t like the way things are and want a change.”
The sentiment failed to carry over the rest of the nation, however — Obama had already been declared the victor by every major media outlets in Tuesday’s election, ensuring a second term, by 10:30 p.m. in Alabama. Romney was expected to concede before midnight central time.
The county also voted overwhelmingly in favor of Republican chief justice candidate Roy Moore, who won his bid to return to the Supreme Court, defeating Democrat Bob Vance. In St. Clair County, Moore garnered nearly 25,000 votes, over 71 percent.
Locally, Springville Mayor William Isley said he was pleased that the county voted in favor of Amendment 1 to the Alabama Constitution, which grants another 20 years to the Forever Wild program. Nearly 74 percent of voters in St. Clair County voted to approve the amendment, which was ratified statewide by a similar margin.
The city of Springville voted to take initial steps to designate 300 acres inside the city limits as a wildlife preserve under Forever Wild.
“I think that’s fantastic,” Isley said. “I’m very excited about it, because it gives an opportunity for Springville to go forward with a wildlife preserve, that we feel like will add to the quality of life of not only Springville, but all the surrounding communities.
“If we’re able to land something like that for citizens in Springville – to have hiking trails and walking trails and horseback riding trails – I just think it would be fantastic if we could bring something like that to St. Clair County. It at least gives us an opportunity to be considered, and that’s why I’m so pleased that it passed.”
County residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of two other Republicans, with Twinkle Cavanaugh receiving 26,096 votes, or over 76 percent, of the vote for Public Service Commissioner to Lucy Baxley’s 8,019, or 23.48 percent – Congressman Mike Rogers also received county support, with 28,196 votes, or almost 83 percent of the vote against Democrat John Andrew Harris. Cavanaugh and Rogers each received a majority in their general elections, as well.