A third of Anson registered voters cast ballots in the May 8 primary.
Out of 17,139 voters, 5,730 voted.
In the Democratic primaries, there were 3,783 votes cast for President. President Barack Obama received 2,688 votes while 1,095 selected No Preference. Overall, Obama won 759,483 votes to 199,426 for No Preference. Congressman Larry Kissell received 3,639 votes in his primary against Marcus W. Williams, who won 496 votes. Overall, Kissell won 45,510 votes to 17,097 for Williams.
Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton earned the most votes for Governor with 2,619 votes. Bob Etheridge finished second with 891 votes and none of the four other challengers won more than 133 votes. Statewide, Dalton earned 425,354 to 352,479 for Etheridge.
In the race for Lt. Governor, Eric Mansfield earned 2,306 votes to Linda Coleman’s 1,416. Statewide, Mansfield received 378,601 to 483,870 for Coleman. In the campaign for Commissioner of Agriculture, Scott Bryant received 2,220 votes to Walter Smith’s 1,399. Statewide, Bryant won 342,711 to 420,849 for Smith.
Ty Richardson won the most votes for Commissioner of Labor with 1,854. He beat Marlowe Foster’s 507 votes and John Brooks’ 1,238. Overall, Richardson received 230,577, Foster 254,789 and Brooks 287,322.
Janet Cowell bested her opponent Ron Elmer for Treasurer 2,864 votes to his 847. Statewide, Cowell won 625,160 votes to 190,607 for Elmer. Gene McLaurin received the most votes for North Carolina Senate with 2,628 to Daniel Wilson’s 1,404. Overall, McLaurin earned 15,442 votes to 5,426 for Wilson.
Dale Nelson earned more votes for the North Carolina House of Representatives with 2,375 to Tony Benton’s 1,336. Overall, Nelson received 3,403 votes to 2,464 for Benton.
In the race for Board of Education District 3, Beulah Pratt received 305 votes versus Elizabeth Short with 99 and Lorenzo Steele with 203. In the Board of Education District 6 campaign, Frank Liles earned 225 votes to Michael Livingston’s 168.
On the Republican side, Mitt Romney carried the Presidential primary with 710 votes. Newt Gingrich won 109 votes, Ron Paul earned 147 votes, Rick Santorum received 181 votes while 73 voters selected No Preference. Statewide, Romney won 634,842 votes or over 65 percent of the ballots cast.
In the Republican congressional primary, Richard Hudson earned 336 votes. Scott Keadle won 300 votes, Vernon Robinson received 238 votes, Fred Steen earned 73 votes and John Whitley won 137 votes. Overall, Hudson won 21,311 votes, Keadle 14,581, Robinson 12,097, Steen 9,583 and Whitley 8,807.
Pat McCrory trounced the competition for Governor with 1,054 votes, more than 90 percent of Republican ballots cast. He faced five challengers. Statewide, he earned 743,891 votes which was more than 83 percent of the ballots cast.
Dan Forest received 414 votes for Lt. Governor. Dale Folwell earned 207 votes, Tony Gurley received 146 votes, Grey Mills won 149 votes and Arthur Jason Rich received 38 votes. Statewide, Forest won 251,873 votes, Gurley 189,937, Folwell 185,522, Mills 112,056 and Rich 25,015.
Fern Shubert earned 368 votes for Auditor. Debra Goldman won 234, Greg Dority received 164, Rudy Wright received 132 and Joseph Hank DeBragga received 51 votes. Statewide, Goldman received 235,955 votes, Dority 163,555, Shubert 126,255, Wright 107,366 and DeBragga 53,739.
Steve Troxler won 670 votes for Commissioner of Agriculture while Bill McManus received 331. Overall, Troxler won 529,575 votes to 238,122 for McManus. Richard Morgan won 391 votes for Commissioner of Insurance against Mike Causey’s 316 and James McCall’s 237. Statewide, Morgan received 257,311 votes, Causey 243,771 and McCall 194,073.
Ed Goodwin won 389 votes for Secretary of State while Kenn Gardner won 269, A.J. Daoud received 135 votes and Michael Beitler received 147 votes. Overall, Goodwin received 245,006 votes, Gardner 203,276, Beitler 165,067 and Daoud 68,426.
Richard Alexander received 275 votes for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Mark Crawford earned 232 votes, David Scholl received 172 votes, Ray Martin won 145 votes and John Tedesco received 94 votes. Statewide, Tedesco won 194,248 votes, Alexander 166,293, Crawford 199,249, Martin 90,297 and Scholl 84,513.
Steve Royal received 592 votes for Treasurer against Frank Roche who earned 397. Statewide, Royal won 386,655 votes to 283,608 for Roche. In the North Carolina Senate race, Gene McIntyre won 802 votes to Jack Benoy’s 147. Overall, McIntyre received 11,561 votes while Benoy earned 4,378.
In the race for North Carolina House of Representatives, Richard Johnson won 686 votes, Mark Brody received 361 votes and John Barker received 62 votes. Overall, Brody received 3,869 votes, Johnson 3,802 and Barker 450.
In the race for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for President, Gary Johnson and No Preference each received one vote. Statewide, No Preference received 4,689 votes and Johnson received 1,481.
Anson County voted for Amendment One by a count of 3,925 votes to 1,716 votes. Statewide, the Amendment passed 1,303,893 votes to 832,283.