Obama carries Franklin; McCain takes Isle of Wight, Southampton

Published 9:12 pm Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Barack Obama scored a big victory with Franklin voters on Tuesday, while Southampton County and Isle of Wight County preferred Republican John McCain.

In complete but unofficial Franklin results, Obama, the Illinois senator and Democratic nominee, had 2,815 votes, or 64 percent, to 1,574 votes for Republican John McCain.

Some 75 percent of registered voters in the city cast ballots.

McCain fared better in neighboring Southampton County and Isle of Wight County.

In complete but unofficial tallies in Isle of Wight, McCain had 11,253 votes, or 57 percent, to Obama’s 8,569.

In Southampton County, McCain was leading narrowly with all but absentee ballots counted. The Arizona senator had 4,264 votes, or 51 percent, to Obama’s 4,046.

Statewide, The Associated Press declared Obama the winner just before 11 p.m. He led by about 57,000 votes out of 3 million cast.