The national election results from Effingham County weren’t particularly startling. That the county went heavily for Mitt Romney was no shock. Neither was its support for U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston.
John Barrow, who had 30.6 percent of the vote in Effingham two years ago and 41.6 percent four years ago, captured 42.7 percent of the vote this time against an opponent who had strong backing in the county.
President Obama, who had 24.3 percent of the Effingham vote four years ago, garnered just 23.7 percent of the vote this time. There were 20,842 votes cast in the county for president — out of 20,884 total cards. That means 42 people didn’t vote for president.
Forrest Floyd’s victory in the county commission 1st District wasn’t as surprising as his margin. Floyd jumped out to a huge early lead and held on, taking more than 75 percent of the vote from Bob Brantley.
Perhaps the most earth-shattering result from Tuesday was Wendall Kessler’s victory and the percentage he amassed. Most of the talk up to the election was that Dr. Franklin Goldwire would win and that his broad base of appeal and support would carry the day.
But in the aftermath of Kessler’s victory, one of the Democrat Party faithful opined that a Democrat will never get elected in Effingham.