November 6, 2012

Romney wins Georgia; picks up 16 electoral votes

By RAY HENRY, Associated Press

ATLANTA — Republican Mitt Romney has won Georgia, a state dominated by the GOP. He picks up its 16 electoral votes.

Early returns and exit polling show Romney defeating President Barack Obama in Georgia. Obama also failed to carry the state in 2008.

Romney had been a favorite to win in the state where Republicans hold every statewide office and have wide majorities in the Legislature.

The former Massachusetts governor placed second in Georgia’s presidential primary in March, behind former Georgia Congressman and House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Gingrich later dropped out of the race.

Georgia was never considered a key state in the presidential contest. Both Romney and Obama raised money in Georgia, but neither candidate mounted a major campaign in the state.