Introducing President Trump.
The Associated Press has called the election for the 45th President of the United States, with Republican candidate Donald J. Trump preliminarily securing enough electoral votes to assume the role in January.
An unexpected republican nominee, Trump rode a wave of support from voters seeking change and willing to accept a candidate loose with facts and accused of sexual misconduct, The AP reported early Wednesday morning. In a victory that rattled financial markets worldwide, he upset Democrat Hillary Clinton, who would have become the first woman to serve in the Oval Office.
The theme throughout Forsyth and Georgia in the voting booths on Tuesday, Nov. 8 was to support incumbents, as they swept the ballot.
Barbara Luth, the county’s supervisor of voter registrations and elections, said a total of 99,228 ballots were cast in Forsyth County, including 69,060 that were cast in advance.
“Today went real well,” she said. “The voters were not complaining, they were very happy about everything. They finished up, the polls got here quickly afterward and closed down everything and got it in record time.”
It was an election that brought out 82.79 percent of registered voters in the county.
Republican Donald Trump carried Forsyth County, securing 71.73 percent of the votes, or 69,801 votes. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton secured 24.07 percent, or 23,427 votes.
Libertarian Gary Johnson won 4.2 percent of the votes, or 4,086 votes.
“Even advance voting people weren’t waiting, and we got a lot of compliments on how that went. I’ll credit that to the great staff I have,” Luth said.
The 2012 presidential election brought out about 80 percent of Forsyth’s voters, with Republican candidate Mitt Romney earning about 80 percent of those votes.
In 2008, the last year with a non-incumbent president, 75,504 people, about 81 percent of the county’s registered voters, cast ballots.
Republican candidate John McCain carried Forsyth with about 78 percent of the vote.
Five races affecting Forsyth County were contested other than for President.
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson won his re-election campaign over Democrat Jim Barksdale, with 55.4 percent of the vote throughout the state; 75.2 percent of Forsyth County voted in Isakson’s favor.
District 27 state Sen. Michael Williams earned about 78.4 percent of votes, defeating Democratic challenger Daniel Blackman, who earned about 21.5 percent. Williams will begin his second term in January for the Senate seat that covers the majority of Forsyth.
U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall won his bid for re-election over Democrat Rashid Malik for District 7. Woodall earned 60.5 percent of the state vote and 78.4 percent of the vote in Forsyth County.
Board of Education District 5 incumbent Nancy Roche trounced her democratic opponent, Anita Tucker, coming in with 79.8 percent of the vote in east Forsyth. Tucker won 20.2 percent.
In state House District 22, which covers a portion of west Forsyth and is largely in Cherokee County, incumbent Wes Cantrell won a decisive victory, earning 83.2 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Oscar “Asghar” Hajloo. Cantrell won 72.7 percent of voters in Forsyth.
Cantrell could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
Voters also decided on state and local ballot questions.
Amendment 1, called the Opportunity School District, failed in the state of Georgia. In Forsyth County, voters also opposed the amendment, with 47.97 percent voting for the ballot measure and 52.03 percent voting against.
Amendments 2, 3 and 4 all passed in Georgia.
Forsyth County residents voted 85.7 percent in favor of Amendment 2, which will impose penalties on adult entertainment establishments and increase fines on those convicted of sex trafficking to create a resource fund for victims.
The county also voted 66.1 percent in favor of Amendment 3, which will reform and re-establish the Judicial Qualifications Commission.
Amendment 4 passed with 89.2 percent of the vote, which will direct existing taxes on fireworks to trauma care, fire services and public safety departments.
Locally, SPLOST and the Homestead Exemption both passed, receiving a 63.3 percent yes vote and a 60.09 percent yes vote, respectively.
* Editor Kayla Robins and Reporters Kelly Whitmire and Isabel Hughes contributed to this report.