By BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Monroe County voters followed the statewide trend, demonstrating their support for Gov. Mitt Romney who polled 3,571 votes to President Barack Obama’s 1,441 votes in unofficial but final totals, and other Republican candidates including Rick Snuffer, who out-polled incumbent U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., 2,540 to 2,437 votes (unofficially) and throwing their support behind Republican challenger Bill Maloney, over incumbent Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, 2,564 to 2,294 votes (unofficially).
Although it won’t totally change the balance of power in the state legislature, Monroe County voters sent two Republican candidates to Charleston to serve in the newly drawn 28th Delegate District made up of Monroe, Raleigh and Summers counties.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, John D. O’Neal IV, R-Raleigh led all four candidates in the race with 8,119 votes, followed by fellow Republican, Roy G. Cooper, R-Summers with 7,090 votes to Al Martine D-Raleigh with 4,548 votes and Jeffry A. Pritt, D-Monroe with 3,886 votes — all in unofficial, pre-canvassed polling.
In local races, Shane Ashby, a Democrat, was not opposed in his bid for reelection to the County Commission, Justin R. St. Clair was unopposed in his race for Prosecuting Attorney and Monroe County Sheriff Mike Gravely earned reelection with a 3,312 to 1,811 vote count in unofficial, pre-canvassed vote totals against Democrat challenger Alan P. Thomas.
In the race for Assessor, Norbert A. Netzel, a Democrat won with 2,646 votes to Republican Angela Miller’s 2,419 votes in pre-canvassed unofficial vote totals.
Kevin L. Miller, the Republican and Nancy P. Crews, the Democrat both won election to the magistrate position with a 3,832 to 3,112 vote, also in unofficial vote totals.
Monroe voters voted against the constitutional amendment 2,444 to 2,168 in unofficial totals.
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