State numbers reflect Pike County sentiment

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pike County voters clearly believed Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., should continue her service as a congresswoman for the 2nd Congressional District.

More than 57 percent of voters wanted Roby to remain in office. Write-in votes made up .14 percent of the total and votes cast for Democratic candidate Therese Ford equaled 42 percent.

“She’s too visible and to accessible to not do well,” said Nell Haigh with the Republican Women of Pike County.

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With 98 percent of precincts reporting at 11:30 Tuesday night, Roby was in the lead with 64 percent of the votes districtwide.

In the race for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Democrat Bob Vance and Republican Roy Moore were close to earning 50 percent of the vote each in Pike County. That was also reflected statewide.

“I think we will come out ahead in the long run,” Moore said shortly after 9 p.m. as he waited for results at his election party in downtown Montgomery.

With 87 percent of precincts reporting, Moore had 52 percent of the vote. Vance earned 827,042 votes and Moore had 889,392.

“This has been a very unconventional race. We had a game plan from the beginning, but we knew we had to thread the needle really closely. I’ve just been really pleased that it looks like we’ve been able to do it with some success,” Vance said.

Less than 500 votes separated the totals for public service commission candidates Lucy Baxley and Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh in Pike County. Baxley garnered close to 48 percent of the vote with 6,537 votes and Cavanaugh snagged almost 52 percent.

Statewide, Cavanaugh was also on top with 83 percent of precincts reporting. Baxley trailed by eight percent at about 11:30 p.m.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.