By Tia Lynn Ivey
Donald J. Trump, the Republican nominee for president of the United States won big in Morgan County Tuesday night. As of press time, the national election results had not yet been announced. But Morgan stuck to its conservative roots and turned out big for Trump, earning him 68.83 percent of the vote in Morgan County. A total of 6,557 ballots cast for Trump. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for President, earned just 27.87 percent of the vote with a total of 2,655 ballots cast for her. According to Bobby Howington, elections supervisor for Morgan County, this was the largest turnout the county has ever seen during a presidential race. Morgan County currently has 11,471 registered voters and 9,572 ballots were cast in total during the 2016 elections.
Morgan County also cast their ballots on four state constitutional amendments included in this year’s election. Just over 65 percent of Morgan County voters voted NO on Amendment 1, which proposed giving the State of Georgia to intervene on behalf of failing school districts and create an “Opportunity School District.” Just over 80 percent of Morgan County voters voted YES on Amendment 2, which proposed authorizing penalties for sexual exploitation and assessments on adult entertainment to fund child victims’ services in order to establish Safe Harbor for Exploited Children. Just over 58 percent of Morgan County voters voted YES on Amendment 3, which proposed abolishing the Judicial Qualifications Commission in order to reform and reestablish Judicial Qualifications. And nearly 78 percent of Morgan County voters voted YES on Amendment 4, which proposed using revenue from existing taxes on fireworks to trauma care, fire services, and public safety.
Also locally, the the U.S. House race Republican Jody Hice, running unopposed, received 7,893 votes. In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Johnny Isakson took 6,532 (72 percent) of Morgan County votes to Democratic challenger Jim Barksdale’s 2,208 (24 percent) of the vote. In the state District 25 Senate race, incumbent Republican Burt Jones received 7,852 votes running unopposed.