State and local races on the Jackson County ballot Tuesday produced no surprises.
Jackson County voters heavily backed Republican challenger Mitt Romney by a 19,122-4,236 margin over incumbent president Barack Obama, although Obama won nationwide. Romney carried Georgia overwhelmingly.
In the new 9th Congressional District, Republican Doug Collins carried Jackson County 18,079-4,597 en route to an easy win over Democrat Jody Cooley.
Jackson voters also voted to support Amendment 1, which will encourage the creation of more state charter schools, 11,995-10,825, and Amendment 2, 13,380-8,599, which changes the state constitution to allow the state to enter into multi-year leases of buildings. Both amendments also passed statewide.
In other races, GOP incumbent state senator Frank Ginn won re-election handily in the 47th District, which covers the southwest half of Jackson County, along with parts of Athens-Clarke, Barrow and Madison counties.
Ginn, carried Jackson County 9,821-2,281 over Democrat Tim Riley.
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