PINEDALE – As voting closed on the East Coast Tuesday, the identity of the nation’s next president was anyone’s guess. Polls were close, and questionable exit polling did nothing to place one candidate ahead of the other. As results continued to come in from across the nation, however, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pulled ahead of Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan to retain the presidency for another four years.
At the end of what, for many Americans, was one of the longest days they can recall, the Electoral College votes totaled 303 for Obama and 206 for Romney – Florida remains too clost to call. The popular vote was much closer, with Obama at 60,020,329 and Romney at 57,351,363.
Sublette County residents overwhelmingly voted Republican, with 3,472 votes (78.69 percent) to Romney. Democrats made their presence known with 767 votes, 17.38 percent of the vote. Seventy-six people voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson, 22 for Constitution Party member Virgil Goode and 39 wrote in a candidate.
On Wednesday, Wall Street responded to Election Day, as well as continuing turmoil in Europe, by taking a tumble. The Dow Jones Industrial Average had the worst single day in a year, and the S&P 500 dropped below 1,400.
In statewide races, Sublette County overwhelmingly voted for Republican John Barrasso as U.S. Senator, with 3,631 votes (82.30 percent). Democrat Tim Chestnut received 13.06 percent of the vote (576 votes), Country candidate Joel Otto took 2.06 percent with 91 votes, and 12 (0.27 percent) of the vote went to write-ins.
Senator Barrasso released the following statement to the residents of Wyoming:
“Thank you for your support, encouragement and votes. Bobbi and I are grateful for your confidence in allowing us to represent you and Wyoming in the United States Senate. Throughout the campaign we continued to hear people ask for a government that spends less, borrows less and is more accountable. America faces serious challenges. Now is the time to make the real changes necessary for our country's future. I will continue to work to make a positive difference in the lives of the people of Wyoming.”
Republican Cynthia Loomis took the U.S. Representative seat with 3,319 votes (75.23 percent) from Sublette County. Democrat Chris Henrichson received 687 votes (15.57 percent), Libertarian Richard Brubaker 127 votes (2.88 percent), Constitution Party member Daniel Clyde Cummings 64 votes (1.45 percent), Country candidate Don Wills 61 votes (1.38 percent) and there were four write-in votes (0.09 percent).
Both Sublette and Lincoln County voted for State Senator District 14. Republican Stan Cooper received the win with 3,505 votes (80.56 percent). Country candidate John Vincent Love took 375 votes (11.45 percent).
Republican Dan Dockstader, uncontested for State Senate District 16, took 364 (78.45 percent) of the Sublette County vote. Six write-in votes took 1.29 percent of this race, and a surprising amount of under votes – 94 – made up the remaining 20.26 percent.
For State House District 20 Republican Albert Sommers was also uncontested. Sommers took 3,467 (87.82 percent) votes. The remainder of the votes consisted of 423 (10.71 percent) under votes and 58 (1.47 percent) write-ins.
The race for State House District 22 was much more competitive. Sublette, Teton and Lincoln counties voted. Republican Marti Halverson took the race with 56 percent of the total vote, with Independent Bill Winney close behind at 44 percent.
“I am pleased with the votes in Daniel and Bondurant and look forward to working with Albert Sommers, Dan Dockstader and Stan Cooper for all of Sublette County. I think my message of common sense conservativism was well received,” Halverson said in an email Wednesday.
Halverson took Sublette County with 50.43 percent of the vote and Lincoln with 67.09 percent, but failed to take Teton with only 31.47 percent. Winney’s only county win was Teton with 50.90 percent, while he trailed in Lincoln County with 28.71 percent and Sublette with 37.72 percent.
Voter turnout in Sublette County was superb, with 98.95 percent of voters turning out to the polls. The county boasts 4,459 registered voters; 4,412 cast ballots in Tuesday’s election.