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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney made their last stands of the 2012 campaign Monday, employing their last vestiges of energy, celebrity boosters and plenty of jet fuel to encourage every supporter and the few remaining undecideds to tip the vote in their favor.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - To the last minute, Florida is proving to be an expensive and frustrating state for President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney alike, seemingly resistant to arguments that play well in Ohio, Colorado and other states.
Early voters continue to turn out in droves, as both political parties are doing their best to turn out the vote leading up to the Nov. 6 election.
Candidates seeking elected office in Newton County were asked to weigh in on Baxter International's arrival, how the county can attract new residents and business and what the future looks like at a Thursday forum hosted by the Newton County Home Builders Association.
In an effort to educate voters before the general election, the Newton-Rockdale chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference will hold a forum for Rockdale candidates Thursday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m., at Grace Fellowship Christian Church, 1316 Olympic Court, in Conyers.
Q: You have been a county commissioner previously, but were not re-elected the last time in District 2. Why should Republican voters of District 5 choose you to represent them in a new district?
Q: You have never held a political office before. Why should Republican voters choose you to represent them in a new district?
The House District 113 race will be determined in the August 21 run-off election after incumbent Pamela Dickerson received 42 percent of the Democratic votes (1,959 votes) and Sharon Sawyer received 32.47 percent (1,512 votes).
Three-term District Four Congressman Hank Johnson will face Republican Chris Vaughn in November after defeating two local candidates in the Democratic Primary. Johnson earned nearly 77% of the votes with 52,903 votes versus Courtney Dillard's 13,118 votes and 2,724 for Lincoln Nunnally.
One of the most wide-reaching votes of the evening had one of the biggest buildups as advocates hailed it as the future of transportation funding, while opponents labeled it as yet another example of poor government planning that wouldn't accomplish what is said it would.
The only judge to be challenged this year, incumbent Judge John Ott faced opposition from Covington lawyer Stephanie Lindsey, best known for representing Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter in the recent school blogging lawsuit. However, Ott took the primary with 8,731votes.
For almost three decades, Tommy Davis has been in the funeral business, as deputy coroner since 2003 and coroner since 2009. The 44-year-old is running once again, all because of his love for Newton County.
District 5 Republican board of commissioner candidates Ronnie Dimsdale, Wesley Dowdy, Levie A. Maddox and Jared Rutberg fielded questions Thursday about a proposed civic center, rails to trails and T-SPLOST at a Newton County GOP forum.
There was plenty of disagreement at Thursday night's political forum, as challengers and incumbents alike sought to key in on perceived weaknesses and differentiate themselves from their opponents.