Although he lost to Mitt Romney in Washington County, Barack Obama took enough of the vote in the rest of Ohio and across the nation to retain the presidency of the U.S. for another four years.
Local voter turnout was 68.24 percent Tuesday, a bit lower than the 73 percent turnout for the last presidential election in 2008, according to the Washington County Board of Elections.
Ohio Rep. Debbie Phillips, D-Albany, was tracking campaigns statewide for the House Democratic Caucus in Columbus Tuesday night and said she had to step into another room to return a call to The Marietta Times shortly after NBC News called Ohio and the election for Obama.
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President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden wave at his election night party today in Chicago. President Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
"It's pretty loud up here," she said with a laugh.
Ohio Rep. Andy Thompson, R-Marietta, said he was pleased with the Republican performance in Washington County, but disappointed in the way the national election turned out.
"So much of my expectations and optimism going forward is tempered by the federal outcome," he said.
At a glance
Final but unofficial results from the presidential race in Washington County:
Republican Mitt Romney- 16,921 or 58.76 percent of the vote.
Democrat Barack Obama-11,333 or 39.35 percent of the vote.
Libertarian Gary Johnson- 228 or 0.79 percent of the vote.
Green Party Jill Stein-127 or 0.44 percent of the vote.
There are 42,910 registered voters in Washington County and 29,280 ballots were cast in Tuesday's election-a turnout of 68.24 percent.
Source: Washington County Board of Elections.
As Obama heads into a second term, Thompson said "Obamacare" is unlikely to be repealed and its provisions will have a negative financial
impact on the state and small businesses.
Obama's victory would be good news for Chrystal Perez, 20, of Marietta who had just cast her vote for the president at the polls in the First Church of the Nazarene on Mill Creek Road Tuesday evening.
"I'm a first-time voter, and I voted for Obama," she said. "The biggest reason is because I'm a lesbian and believe he has done a lot for that community."
Mallory Sabato, 22, of Marietta said Tuesday was her second presidential election and she cast her ballot for Obama both times.
"I don't necessarily agree with Romney's viewpoint on women's rights," she said. "Obama supports our rights."
First-time voter Ramiro Perez, 19, brother of Chrystal Perez, said he voted for Obama because the president has the better point of view between the two candidates.
"I watched all of the debates and heard both Republican and Democrat viewpoints, but Obama crushed Romney in those debates," he said. "And if Mitt Romney wins this election I'll be looking for the apocalypse."
Doug Hesson, 45, from Marietta, also voted for Obama.
"I think he's more on the side of renewable energy," he said. "Obama's plan will create new jobs in alternative energy."
But Marietta College junior Alex Martin and senior Jen Ouimette supported Romney.
Both students were handing out "Count on Coal" literature to those voting at the polls in the junior fair building at the Washington County Fairgrounds parking lot Tuesday afternoon.
"I voted for Romney because a lot of the things he stands for line up with my own beliefs," Martin said.
"I'm a huge (former president Ronald) Reagan fan," she said. "He made us proud of our country again, and I feel Romney can take us back in that direction."
Jeff and Bernice Gilmore of Marietta also voted for Romney.
"We're small business owners, and believe he is going to help build the economy better than the current president," Jeff said.
Eric Chamberlain, 43, of Devola, cast the last ballot before the polls closed at the Marietta Bible Center Tuesday night. He voted for Obama this year and in 2008.
"I think things are moving in the right direction in this country, although slowly," he said. "And Obama hasn't gotten us into any wars. I think he's moving us ahead, slowly."
Some voters chose not to support either of the main party candidates, noting there were five other presidential candidates.
"I feel like, with the big parties, we're doomed either way. I voted for Jill Stein (Green Party). I saw her on television and she seems like she really cares about the country," said Logan Shrader, 21, of Reno.
Shawn Carpenter of Marietta voted for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.
"I voted for the first time in 2008, but this time things are definitely different," he said. "Gary Johnson has the experience and stands for a lot of things the main two parties don't."
Carpenter said Johnson is for reducing spending and the size of the government and military.
"He also wants to revoke the Patriot Act and get rid of the IRS and Federal Reserve," he said. "If Ron Paul had been on the ticket this year I would have voted for him. We need more voices in this country. Why do we always focus on just two parties?"
Sharon Adams, who helped work the 3rd Precinct polls at the county fairgrounds, said the number of voters seemed high this year.
"We had a lot of college kids voting this year, too," she said, noting Marietta College provided transportation for students who wanted to cast their votes.
"There have been many first-time voters. I think it's an exciting time for them," Adams said. "One mother brought her 17-year-old homeschooled daughter in to show her the particulars of the voting process-she'll be able to vote in the next election."
Jim Rapp, pollworker at the Marietta Bible Center, said the turnout at that location was about the same as last year.
"We guessed there would be around 400 voters," he said. "And that's about what we had here."
Rapp said the low turnout could be due to a larger number of absentee and early in-person voting at the courthouse this year.
Tara Hupp, executive director of the Washington County Board of Elections, said there were no major problems during Tuesday's election.
"We had one voting machine at the polls in Little Hocking that wasn't operating and had to be replaced," she said. "And we had some people who called about electioneering going on near one of the polling places. The board members checked it out, but the activity was more than 100 feet from the polls."
Hupp said for a major presidential election there were very few issues of concern.
Evan Bevins and Jasmine Rogers contributed.