NEW MADRID -- The days when New Madrid County could be counted as a Democratic stronghold are apparently long gone.
New Madrid County voters in Tuesday's general election chose who they wanted for the national and state leaders crossing from Republican to the Democrat and back again.
At the top of the ticket, Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were favored by just over 59 percent of the 7,344 New Madrid County voters who cast ballots in Tuesday's election. According to the unofficial totals provided by the office of New Madrid County Clerk Clement Cravens, the Romney/Ryan ticket had 4,284 votes while Democrats Barrack Obama and Joe Biden picked up 2,814 votes. The Libertarian tickets of Gary Johnson and James P. Gray had 127 ballots cast in their favor in the county while only 25 voters opted for the Constitution Party candidates of Virgil Goode and Jim Clymer.
However, Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, was the pick for county residents, who gave her 3,966 votes over Republican challenger Todd Akin, who polled 2,908 votes with Libertarian candidate Jonathan Dine received 270 votes.
For governor, voters in the county, as in the state, wanted to keep Democrat Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon. Nixon polled 4,270 votes countywide easily outdistancing Republican David (Dave) Spence, who had 2,732 votes, and Libertarian Jim Higgins, who had 151 votes.
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