Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in Huntsville, Ala. Gingrich has won the Georgia Republican primary. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
ALBANY ALBANY — More than 7,500 people cast ballots in heavily Democratic Dougherty County in Tuesday’s presidential preference primary, elections officials say, the majority of whom gave a nod to native son Newt Gingrich, who pulled in 44 percent of the county’s vote.
The numbers, which were delayed in being released for several hours because of a glitch with both a voting machine and the modem used to transmit voting information to Atlanta, were sent to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office early Wednesday morning by Dougherty Elections officials.
According to the unofficial numbers, Gingrich received 2,377, or 44.73 percent, of the total votes cast in Dougherty County Tuesday. That figure was well above front-runner Mitt Romney, who picked up 1,537 votes, or 28.9 percent.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum ended the night third in Dougherty County with 1,077 votes, or 20.27 percent, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul rounded out the list of viable GOP candidates with 292 votes, or 5.49 percent, of the total.
Statewide, Gingrich easily topped the GOP heap Tuesday, outpacing his counterparts by double-digit figures. Nationally, however, Georgia would prove to be Gingrich’s only major haul as Romney struck gold in six states and Santorum in three. Paul failed to win any state, but came in second in Virginia in a two-person race.
Back in Dougherty County, elections officials say that 14.6 percent of registered voters cast ballots Tuesday.
The total, 7,513, also reflects 2,137 votes that were cast for President Obama — the lone Democratic candidate.