By Paula Walter
This past weeks election was a grand slam for the Republican Party as they won election after election across much of the country, giving them control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate for the first time in eight years. The tides have changed for several states that traditionally vote for the Democratic candidate in the gubernatorial elections, including the very blue states of Maryland and Illinois.
Typically, voter turnout in midterm elections is lower than presidential elections. That proved to be true in Tennessee, and in our own Johnson County where just over 28 percent of the voters cast their ballots. According to Mike Long, Johnson County Administrator of Elections, the number of voters in the county this election was in line with the rest of Tennessee. Presidential elections typically see roughly 40 percent of eligible voters. In the August local elections approximately 50 percent of the voting population cast their ballots.
Governor Bill Haslam was re-elected for his second term, receiving the thumbs up from 78.25 percent of Johnson Countian voters. Following much of the nation, Tennessee Republicans now hold a 28-5 majority in the state senate. A great night for Republicans and the cause of conservatism in Tennessee, said Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey. For the past few years, the Tennessee Senate has been the most Republican east of the Mississippi. After tonight, we join an elite group of Republican supermajorities where the majority outnumbers Democrats more than four to one. These results are decisive proof that, in Tennessee, it matters who governs. I look forward to continuing to give Tennessee voters what they have demanded and deserve: more jobs, less government and strong education reform.
Timothy Hill, state representative, who ran unopposed, received 98.30 percent of votes from Johnson Countians. Its an honor to receive such overwhelming support from Johnson County and to be able to return to be their voice in Nashville, Hill said. Im very grateful for the opportunity and look forward to working as the legislative session opens in January.
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By Paula Walter