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Oconee County Backs Gingrich

With 47.5 percent of the vote, Newt Gingrich is Oconee's top choice for the GOP nomination.

Last updated at 10:30 p.m.

Oconee County voters were in step with the rest of Georgia Tuesday in their backing of Newt Gingrich as their preferred GOP nominee.

Unofficial results from Oconee County with 100 percent of precincts reporting show Gingrich won 2,688 votes out of 5,653 Republican ballots cast, or 47.5 percent, according to the Office of the Board of Elections.* Mitt Romney finished second with 1,463 votes (25.9 percent), and Rick Santorum garnered 1,077 votes (19.1 percent) for third place. Ron Paul received 396 votes (7 percent).

There were 122 Democratic ballots cast for Barack Obama.

Oconee County Observations, citing official records of the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, reported there was a total of 21, 082 active registered voters as of March 1.  Therefore voter turnout Tuesday amounted to 27.4 percent, as compared with 48.6 percent in 2008 when both parties held contested primaries.

According to data provided to the Huffington Post by the Associated Press, 6,455 Republican ballots were cast in Oconee County in the 2008 GOP Presidential Primary.

For results from around the region and state, .

*Information obtained from the Board of Elections on www.oconeecounty.com.  Absentee ballots are included in the precinct totals.

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