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UPDATED: Rutherford County results delayed due to turnout

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Voters wait in line just before 7 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2012, to cast their ballots at Central Magnet School in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (TMP Photo/M. Kemph)

11 p.m. Tuesday: Shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday, officials with the Rutherford County Election Commission released the results of absentee ballots and early voting.

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Jasper) led with 55 percent to Democrat Eric Stewart's 44 percent.

Republican State Rep. Rick Womick led 11,184 to Democrat Luke E. Dickerson's 5,271 in Tennessee House District 34.

In Tennessee House District 37, Republican Dawn White had 9,992 votes to Democrat Robert "Bob" New's 5,446.

In the state House District 48, state Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) ran unopposed, as did state Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shalbyville).

In Tennessee House District 49, Republican state Rep. Mike Sparks garnered 8,132 to Democrat Mike Williams's 5,654 votes.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday: Results for the federal, state and local elections may not be available until Wednesday, according to officials with the Rutherford County Election Commission.

Elections Administrator Nicole Lester said absentee ballots were still being counted at 8 p.m., and voters were waiting in line when the polls closed.

Results will not be released until they are counted.

"There were people waiting in line at 7 (o'clock)," Lester said. "There has been a good turnout this year."

Lester said early ballots and Eelction Day ballots will be counted after the absentee ballots are finished.

"The early voting machines are already lined up waiting to be counted," Lester said, "but we have to finish counting the absentee ballots first, which is required by Tennessee law."

Chairman Ransom Jones said officials were doing their best to get results ready for the public, noting the number of people who voted was much higher than initially expected.

"We underestimated the amount of time it was going to take to count absentees," he said. "Had we known, we would have had more people on the counting board."

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November 06, 2012 at 9:57pm
The Casual Observer notes that we never had these problems before the HACKS in the Republican Party took over. What an embarassment...
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