Overall voting down in Knox County in 2012 election

7:24 PM, Nov 7, 2012   |    comments
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While tens of thousands of Knox County voters cast ballots in the 2012 election, that number is actually down from 2008.
The drop in Knox County is inconsistent with voting numbers across Tennessee.

According to the state Division of Elections, 2012 was one of the largest state-wide turnouts recorded since 1994; approximately 2.4 million voters cast ballots. In 2008, which is the largest turnout on the books since 1994, 2.6 million people voted.

Knox County numbers show a different story; 188.910 voted in 2008. That number dropped by about 15,000 in 2012; 174,135 people voted.

10News also broke down 2012 votes for president in Knox County by city and county precincts. There are 44 precincts in the City of Knoxville, and 41 in Knox County.

City voters chose President Obama, a Democrat, over Republican Mitt Romney, 57 percent to 43 percent.

In the county, voters chose Romney over President Obama, 72 percent to 26 percent.

And combined, Knox County voters chose Romney over President Obama, 58 percent to 42 percent.

For some perspective, in the 2008 presidential election, 61 percent of Knox County voters chose Republican nominee John McCain. Back then, Obama ended up with 38 percent of the local vote.

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