Republicans in Floyd County worked election night the old-fashioned way, keeping vote tallies on a large white board at GOP headquarters in the former Citizens Telephone store at the Village Green, chowing down on subs, ham sandwiches, coffee and soda while celebrating numbers that gave local majorities to Mitt Romney, George Allen and Morgan Griffith.
In the rear of Village Green, the county Democratic headquarters was dark. The party of the Donkey watched returns at Dogtown Roadhouse, downing beer, wine and pizza while casting worried looks at the TV screen that showed incumbent President Barack Obama and Senate candidate Tim Kaine trailing.
But Republicans work up with the hangovers Wednesday morning — their four-year quest to oust Obama from the White House failed and Kaine eeking out a narrow win to keep the Old Dominion’s Senate seat in Democratic hands. In the end, Obama carried Virginia for a second time.
The party of the elephant could still celebrate incumbent Congressman Griffith’s win over Giles County farmer Anthony Flaccavento but that was about it. Two amendments that the party favored won easily too but while a 66 percent turnout in Floyd County was overwhemingly Republican — along with other parts of Southwestern Virginia — the voters in Virginia’s more urban areas tipped the scales to Obama and Kaine in the end.
And while Romney carried Floyd County with 61.12 percent (4,671 votes), Obama pulled in a respectable 35.75 percent (2,732 votes): Not bad for a Democrat — and a black one at that — in a county where Osama bin Laden could carry the vote if he ran as a Republican.
Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and former Congressman Virgil Goode — running under the Constitution party banner — tied at 96 votes each in Floyd County. That surprised some who expected Goode pull more votes but the former Congressman did better in his home county of Franklin, where he pulled in 688 votes: 2.58 percent.