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Greene County Voters Strongly Favor McCain, Nixon

Though Democrat Barack Obama emerged the overwhelming victor nationwide Tuesday night, the majority of Greene County voters voted for Republican candidate John McCain. KSMU's Benjamin Fry has more on the candidates who came out ahead in Greene County.
The last time Greene County voted for a Democratic candidate for president was in 1964 with Lyndon B. Johnson.And the Republican streak in the presidential race continued last night, as John McCain garnered 57% of Greene County votes, as compared to Barack Obama's 41% with nearly all precincts reporting.But as for the governor's race, the tables were turned.Greene County voters favored Democrat Jay Nixon with 54% over Republican Kenny Hulshof, who garnered 42%.A few incumbents for State Representative seats saw double-digit wins, including Democrats Charlie Norr and Sara Lampe, as well as Republican Charlie Denison.County Clerk Richard Struckhoff says voters turned out in droves early before things slowed down as the day progressed.But overall, turnout was pretty much close to where he predicted."The way things looked this morning, we were headed toward 80% or more, but obviously everything flattened out after 4:00 this afternoon. Just about all our precincts reported lines at 6 am, pretty steady flow after about 9, but we didn't get that big push after 4:00 in the afternoon like we expected," Struckhoff said.For more on the Greene County election results, click on the Election 2008 link.For KSMU News, I'm Benjamin Fry.