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Crossroads supports Romney

By JR Ortega
Nov. 6, 2012 at 5:06 a.m.

Lea Lumpkins, an alternate judge, helps Lee Cunningham vote from the passenger seat of his friend's truck outside Precinct 13 at the Bloomington Fire Station on Tuesday. Cunningham recently was hospitalized for pneumonia and didn't feel well enough to walk into the building to vote. "It's the main thing I wanted to do, I feel good doing it," Cunningham said of his ability to vote.

Although the race was neck-and-neck, President Barack Obama garnered enough support late Tuesday night to clinch the presidential election.

However for voters in the Crossroads, the clear pick was for former Massachusett Governor Republican Mitt Romney.

In Victoria County, voters racked up 9,067 votes for Romney and 5,066 votes for Obama.

Obama did not carry any of the Crossroads' eight counties.

James Gleason, a retired Victoria College political science professor, studies trends in voting and said several new factors, like the influx of Caterpillar plant workers and Eagle Ford Shale workers could eventually shift how votes stack up in both parties.

"I've talked to a lot of people locally, and I do feel this is a Republican area," Gleason said.

Gleason added that these newer residents have to, of course, register to vote and then make it to the polls.

The newer residents could put a "little twist" on the election, though Tuesday's results did not reflect that.

On the other hand, there are hot button issues of Social Security and Medicare that directly impact many of the Crossroads' aging voters.

"There is just so many unknown factors," he said.

The big campaign push for Romney was that American had enough of Obama's "change."

Romney maintained under Obama's direction Americans were headed on a destructive path, toward an ever-rising deficit.

Still, Obama, who became the nation's first black president four years ago, managed to beat Republican challenger Sen. John McCain with 47 percent of the U.S. popular vote in 2008 and now Romney.

The way Victoria County voted was no surprised for election administrator George Matthews.

The county typically votes Republican, as it did this time around, but in 2008, Democrats turned out to the polls more because of a visit from former President Bill Clinton.

"That made a huge difference in 2008," Matthews said. "It really was invigorating. But still, Victoria is very much Republican."

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