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Voter Turnout in 60% Range On South Coast; Both Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Pick Obama

Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 3:48pm

Voter turnout in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties was higher yesterday than in the June primary, but below the 2008 Presidential election levels.

In Ventura County, 257,000 of 427,000 registered voters cast ballots, for a 60% turnout. In Santa Barbara County, 124,000 of 204,000 voters actually voted, for a 61% turnout. Statewide, 9.5 of 18.2 million registered voters cast ballots, which is 52%.

President Obama won the popular vote in both Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. In Ventura County, Obama received 51% of the vote, to Romney’s 46%, with the remainder going to other candidates. In Santa Barbara County, it was even a wider gap, with Obama getting 57% of the vote, to Romney’s 40%.

The two counties were split when it came to Proposition 30, Governor Brown’s school funding proposal. Santa Barbara County supported it by a 56% to 44% margin, while Ventura County narrowly rejected it, 51% to 49%.

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