Mitt Romney took Grand Ledge and ultimately won the republican primary in Michigan on Tuesday.
In Grand Ledge, there are four precincts, and Romney took 224 votes, which was enough to beat Rick Santorum, who took 223 votes.
Romney, who ultimately took 41% of the overall votes in Michigan, also won the Arizona primary. “We didn’t win by a lot but we won by enough and that’s all that matters,” said Romney during his Michigan victory speech.
Santorum came in second with 38% of the vote and kept up a good fight throughout the night.
The four precincts in Grand Ledge were all in the Jonas Sawdon Junior High School, and the voters showed up early. “400 of the voters came in earlier in the day,” said Grand Ledge City Clerk Gregory Newman.
Polls were open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., but the majority of voters appeared to cast their ballots in the morning. Voting booths were empty from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The issue of religion appeared to be on the minds of several voters on Tuesday.
Our founders, when they started with the Constitution, they had to be Christian or they would not hold office, the way it should be,” said registered republican and Grand Ledge resident Jim Sessions. “Christianity and politics does mix.”
Voter Billi Andrejewski said spending was also a big issue for her. “I’m drawn to a candidate for their religious values and their spending,” said Andrejewski. “After seeing the past three years of democrats, I think if we get someone in there with values, we’ll see something get accomplished instead of all these tie-ups.”