Future of state politics in voters hands

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 6, 2008


The chairman of the Dallas County Republican Party said Wednesday he predicts Alabama will remain faithful to the GOP in November, as a record number of Alabamians made their way to the polls.

More than 1.1 million of Alabama&8217;s 2.56 million registered voters, or 42 percent, turned out Tuesday to vote. The highest turnout for a presidential primary had been 29 percent in 1992. There were 12,550 votes cast in the Tuesday primary election in Dallas County. Of those, 9,181 were Democrats and 3,369 were Republican.

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The Rev. Cecil Williamson, who serves on the Selma City Council, said he does not think Barack Obama&8217;s momentum will last, and Obama won&8217;t make it out of the Democratic National Convention.

The head of the Dallas County Democratic Party, Mayor James Perkins Jr., said Wednesday he didn&8217;t know what the future held for Clinton and Obama. Perkins said he was surprised as many residents voted Republican as they did.

Dallas County voted largely Democratic in Tuesday&8217;s presidential preference primary, and 3 to 1 for Obama over Clinton. But nationally, as the night went on, Clinton captured the larger states, including California. Despite key endorsements in Georgia for Clinton, Obama took South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.

Unofficial returns showed 567,298 ballots in the Republican primary, which Mike Huckabee won.

McCain won Dallas County&8217;s Republican contest, and Obama defeated Clinton here.