ELECTION UPDATE: Trump tops Clinton in local and national vote
As the nation went, so did Lumpkin County Tuesday evening as Donald Trump easily topped Hillary Clinton among local voters in the race for the presidency.
An overwhelming 78 percent of local ballots (9,613 votes) were cast for Trump while 18 percent (2,216 votes) went to Clinton. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson received four percent of the final tally (495 votes).
Lumpkin also followed the state-wide trends as voters nixed Constitutional Amendment #1 by a vote of 64 percent (7,971 votes) to 35 percent (4,304 votes).
The amendment, which would have allowed for the state to take over chronically failing school systems was defeated across the state with 60 percent opposing.
Lumpkin voters were in agreement with fellow Georgia voters as they approved three remaining constitutional amendments.
In the race for the United States Senate Johnny Isakson defended his seat on both the county and state level as he garnered 77 percent (9,189 votes) of Lumpkin ballots, well ahead of Democratic candidate Jim Barksdale who received 16 percent (1,953 votes) and Libertarian candidate Allen Buckley who received 6 percent (771 votes).
For much an in-depth reaction to the presidential race, check out next week's issue of The Dahlonega Nugget.