Romney was oh-so-close in Placer

Final election tally shows strong support for former candidate
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Ex-presidential candidate Mitt Romney was a closer second in Placer County than Feb. 5 election-night returns indicated. The county elections division's final election totals show the former Massachusetts governor just 10 votes shy of topping Arizona Sen. John McCain, the Super Tuesday California primary winner. Preliminary totals from election night showed McCain polling 39.1 percent of the vote to Romney's 38.1 percent. The final count, issued late last week, showed Romney being barely edged out for bragging rights to Placer County. McCain took home a final tally of 24,221 votes to Romney's 24,212 “ to eke out a slim victory in a county neither campaigned in. With McCain winning California by a wide margin, the outcome would have had no impact on his count of delegates. Romney losses in California and other states on Feb. 5 sealed his decision to fold his campaign tent for the Republican presidential nomination. Romney has since put his support behind McCain's candidacy for president. On the Democratic Party side, voters chose Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama. Clinton polled 47.31 percent of the vote to Obama's 43.2 percent. The Libertarian Party had a candidate for its presidential nomination with name recognition in Placer County. Former Placer County resident Steve Kubby, a medicinal marijuana advocate who ran for governor in 1996, was the party's leading vote getter. He received 56 votes “ or 16.23 percent of the Libertarian vote. On local issues, Measure H on Clover Valley received 53.65 percent yes votes to a 46.35 percent no vote total. The final total for the Loomis school bond Measure G vote was 52.56 percent yes and 47.44 percent no. Measure G needed 55 percent to pass. “ Gus Thomson