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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Macomb voters nix $250K school bond

  • A Macomb school bond issue was narrowly defeated by 12 votes Tuesday while Pottawatomie County voters supported Rick Santorum in the Republican Presidential primary race.


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  • A Macomb school bond issue was narrowly defeated by 12 votes Tuesday while Pottawatomie County voters supported Rick Santorum in the Republican Presidential primary race.
    Macomb Schools sought passage of a $250,000 bond issue for replacing aging heating and air conditioning units on campus and to purchase a new freezer for cafeteria food.
    The bond would not have increased property taxes since it would have replaced an expiring transportation bond, Superintendent Brett Byrum said.
    With four precincts reporting, 240 people voted in that election. The bond was rejected 126 to 114, with 52.50 percent voting no and 47.50 percent of voters supporting that measure. It required a 60 percent in favorable vote for passage.
    Presidential primary
    In Pottawatomie County, Republicans favored Santorum while Democrats favored President Barack Obama.
    With 26 precincts reporting, votes tallied for each candidate on the Republican ticket were:
    • Ron Paul, 411 votes or 9.23 percent.
    • Rick Perry, 21 votes, or 0.47 percent.
    • Rick Santorum, 1,745 votes, or 39.20 percent.
    • Mitt Romney, 1,059, or 23.79 percent.
    • Michelle Bachman, 14 votes totalling 0.31 percent.
    • Newt Gingrich, 1,197 votes, or 26.89 percent.
    • Jon Huntsman, four votes, 0.09 percent.
    Vote totals for the Democratic candidates were:
    • Barack Obama, 838 votes, or 45.44 percent.
    • Jim Rogers, 371, or 20.12 percent.
    • Bob Ely, 99 votes, or 5.37 percent.
    • Darcy G. Richardson, 133 votes, or 7.21 percent.
    • Randall Terry, 403 votes, or 21.85 percent.
    Pottawatomie County election results posted Tuesday night are unofficial until they are certified at 5 p.m. on Friday.

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