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Ron Paul versus Mitt Romney and voter turnout

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Posted at 9:49 PM, Mar 06, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-07 01:02:05-05

Mitt Romney won the Virginia primary, and gained 43 delegates. Ron Paul grabbed 3 delegates.

Voter turnout at the polls was low, as expected, because this was not considered a hotly-contested primary race.

Even still, throughout the Greater Richmond area, the race was close for Romney. To view the results for the Commonwealth, just click here.

Take a look at the chart below to see how the numbers landed, and what percentage of voters hit the polls.

State voter totals at the polls tallied at just a little over 5%, which breaks down to 264,875 of 5,155,342 total voters coming out to vote.

Many people on our Facebook page said that they voted for Ron Paul to keep delegates from Romney, or because their candidate wasn’t on the ballot–in addition to his already dedicated fan-base.

Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich did not get the qualifying signatures to make the Virginia ballot.

With clear victories in key battleground states, Mitt Romney can effectively silence his critics and build a commanding lead in the Republican nomination for president. With just a few key losses, questions would mount about his ability to carry key states, like Virginia in the general election against President Obama.

County Voter Turnout Ron Paul Mitt Romney
CAROLINE 778 of 18,194 (4.276%) 373 405
CHESTERFIELD 12,494 of 213,468 (5.852%) 4,728 7,766
COLONIALHEIGHTS 835 of 12,065 (6.920%) 269 566
DINWIDDIE 541 of 17,967 (3.011%) 258 283
GOOCHLAND 1,426 of 15,660 (9.106%) 466 960
HANOVER   5,201 of 69,152 (7.521%) 2,222 2,979
HENRICO 11,821 of 200,830  (5.886%) 4,268 7,553
HOPEWELL  525 of 13,446 (3.904%) 237

288 KING AND QUEEN 216 of 4,851 (4.452%) 105 111 KING GEORGE 831 of 14,442 (5.754%) 414 417 KING WILLIAM   589 of 10,954 (5.377%) 270 319 LOUISA 1,169 of 21,122 (5.534%) 532 637 NEW KENT 986 of 13,069(7.544%) 457 529 PETERSBURG 291 of 20,864(1.394%) 137 154 POWHATAN 1,430 of 18,528 (7.718%) 614 816 RICHMOND CITY 4,175 of 118,542 (3.521%) 2,025 2,150 RICHMOND COUNTY 262 of 5,776 total voters (4.536%) 81 181

Final election results:

CANDIDATE VOTE VOTE % STATISTICS
Ron Paul (R) 106,827 40.51% Precincts Reporting:
2,575 of 2,584 (99.65%)
Mitt Romney (R) 156,845 59.48%