President Barack Obama lost the state of Georgia in last week’s presidential election, but he won Fulton County by a large margin.
According to election totals from the Fulton County Government, Obama got 64 percent of the vote in the county. Republican Mitt Romney received 34 percent and third-party candidate Gary Johnson counted a little more than 1 percent of the vote.
With 100 percent of the vote counted, those numbers translated to 139,128 votes for the president and 84,935 for Romney, a difference of 54,193 votes.
“Democracy in a nation of 300 million can be noisy and messy and complicated,” Obama said in his presidential acceptance speech. “We have our own opinions. Each of us has deeply held beliefs. And when we go through tough times, when we make big decisions as a country, it necessarily stirs passions, stirs up controversy.”
The president acknowledged a deep divide between different areas of the country and noted once again that he would be president even of those who did not vote for him.
“Whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you, and you’ve made me a better president,” Obama said. “And with your stories and your struggles, I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead.”
Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis won reelection in his bid for the US House of Representatives 5th District in a race that was not very close. Lewis received more than 83 percent of the vote from Fulton County voters, totaling 82,723 votes. There were 116 write-in votes.
The 72-year-old Lewis will serve his 14th term in Congress. He has been a member of the House of Representatives since 1987. His opponent, Repulican Howard Stopeck of Atlanta is a retired attorney.
For a full list of candidates, amendments and fully certified election results from Fulton County, see http://www.fultoncountyga.gov/images/stories/Elections/1106/esr11062012.pdf