Obama wins, but not in BV County
National news sources predicted shortly after 10 p.m. that President Obama had compiled enough votes to win a second term. As of 11 p.m., he was projected with 281 electoral votes, with 270 needed, while Romney had 201 electoral votes. Romney narrowly led in the popular voting with 48,020,000 to 47,804,000 for Obama.
Obama dominated the northeast, took all three west coast states, and held his core of support in Iowa (52%-46.7%), Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois, as well as the crucial swing state of Ohio, according to projections. Romney owned the deep south and the western plains states and had 21 states in his column as of 11 p.m., with a winner yet to be projected in Florida, Colorado, Alaska and Virginia.
In the race for U.S. House District 4, which had been predicted to be skin tight, Steve King led Christie Vilsack 55.7 percent to 44.3 percent with 407 of 490 precincts reporting at 11 p.m. King's Facebook page reported that a victory celebration was underway in Carroll. Vilsack supporters were conceding on her page. "Christie, you will always be our Atticus Finch. Thank you for having integrity, drive, and class," one wrote. Another said, "Christie in 2014!"
In Buena Vista County, 8,406 people cast votes - a 73.11% turnout.
Romney had 54.41% of the county's presidential vote to 44.07% for Obama.
Steve King had 54.96% of the BV County vote to 43.15% for Christie Vilsack
In the Iowa Senate Dist. 6 race, Mark Segabart had 55.51% of the county vote to 44.41% for Mary Bruner
Local candidates Gary Worthan, Rhonda Ringgenberg, Dona Altena, Susan Lloyd and Gary Launderville, all unopposed, prevailed easily in BV County voting.