Barring some dramatic turn of events, it looks like former Vice President Joe Biden will be our next U.S. president, though that will not become official until the Electoral College votes him in on Dec. 14.
As it stood at press time, Biden had crossed the magic 270 mark with 290 electoral votes, while sitting President Donald Trump was holding 214.
Georgia, North Carolina, and Alaska were still counting votes at press time with Biden slightly ahead 49.5 % to 49.3 % in Georgia, Trump ahead 50.1 % to 48.7 % in North Carolina, and Trump way out front 62.2 % to 33.6 % in Alaska.
Trump, who has not yet conceded, is challenging election results in several states.
Regarding the national popular vote, Biden currently holds the all-time record with close to 75.68 million votes while Trump’s tally stands at over 71 million in what has been record election participation across the board.
Carroll County, however, went decisively for Trump, providing further evidence that the county’s once long-standing status as a presidential bellwether county has come to an end.
Trump received a total of 9,194 votes (77.31 %), including 5,941 early ballots (75.15 %) and 3,253 election day votes (81.57 %). Biden picked up a total of 2,558 votes (21.51 %) in the county with 1,889 (23.9 %) cast early and 669 (16.78 %) cast on election day.
Vote totals for other presidential candidates appearing on the ballot included: Jo Jorgensen, 90; Don Blankenship, 18; Howie Hawkins, 12; Kanye West, 9; Alyson Kennedy, 7; Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, 3; and Gloria La Riva, 2.
Trump easily claimed Tennessee’s 11 electoral points with over 1.8 million (60.7 %) total votes in the state, while Biden picked up just under 1.14 million for 37.4 %.
Republican candidate Bill Hagerty handily won the U.S. Senate seat of retiring Senator Lamar Alexander with a total of 8,888 votes (77.77 %) here in Carroll County.
His Democrat opponent, Marquita Bradshaw, received 2,286 votes (20 %), and the nine independent candidates all garnered less than 60 votes each.
Republican incumbent David Kustoff retained his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in District 8, earning 8,878 votes in the county.
Democratic challenger Erika Stotts Pearson received 2,194 votes (19.35 %), while independent candidate James Hart got 158 votes (1.39 %) and Jon Dillard received 109 (.96 %).
The Tennessee Senate District 24 seat went to incumbent John Stevens, who earned 9,294 votes (87.28 %) in the county. Independent challenger Yahweh Yahweh tallied 1,354 votes (12.72 %).
Republican Tandy Darby topped independent candidate Jeffrey T. Washburn for the Tennessee House District 76 seat of Andy Holt, who did not seek re-election.
Darby picked up 3,752 votes (76.29 %) in Carroll County, while Washburn garnered 1,166 (23.71 %). In the Obion County portion of District 76, Darby claimed 75.83 % with 3,231 votes, and Washburn picked up 24.17 % in that county with 1,030 votes. Darby got 75.86 % with 9,942 votes in Weakley County, while Washburn received 24.14 percent with 3,163 votes.
Republican incumbent Curtis Halford kept his seat in District 79 with 5,526 county votes (99.96 %) and 16,315 votes (100 %) in the Gibson County portion of District 79. Write-in candidate Houston Butler grabbed two votes in Carroll County.
Longtime Huntingdon Mayor Dale Kelley won another four years in office with no challengers, earning 100 % of the 1,212 early and 226 election day ballots cast in that race.
Incumbents also swept the Huntingdon City Council race with Carl Byars, Charles Hodges, Nina Smothers, and Tim Tucker all retaining their seats with no challengers for the four available spots.
Hodges had the best showing with 1,265 total votes (25.6 %), followed by Smothers with 1,252 (25.34 %), Byars with 1,227 (24.83 %), and Tucker with 1,197 (24.23 %).
Huntingdon voters also opted in favor of allowing the legal sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption with 1,132 (66.94 %) voting for it and 559 (33.06 %) voting against it in the referendum.
In the McKenzie City Council race, incumbents Jessica Townes and Charles Pruneau retained their seats without challengers in Wards I and VI, respectively, while the Ward IV seat remains unfilled due to the recent death of incumbent candidate Deborah Wynn (Newman) Riley.
Riley died on Oct. 30, but her name still appeared on the ballot, garnering 343 votes (100 %) in Ward IV. This would have been Riley’s first elected term as she was appointed to fill the unexpired term of former council member Randy Callahan.
The Ward IV vacancy will be filled by appointment of the mayor and city council.
Townes received 21 votes (100 %) in Ward 1, and Pruneau earned 14 (100 %) in Ward VI. Both were write-in candidates.
Incumbent Trezevant Mayor Bobby Blaylock kept his job after receiving 246 votes (98.9 %). Write-in challenger Bobby McAlexander picked up three votes (1.2 %).
Sitting aldermen Robert Argo, Christy Creyssels, and Leon Lyell all won their first election. All three were originally appointed to fill unfinished terms prior to the election.
Argo got the most votes with 217 (35.99 %), while Lyell earned 194 (32.17 %), and Creyssels received 192 (31.84 %).
One incumbent and one newcomer grabbed the two available alderman spots in Atwood.
Incumbent Ricky Long tallied the most votes with 270 (41.28 %), and newcomer Mike Tolley earned a seat on the board with 222 votes (33.94 %).
Taylor Coulter, a newcomer, fell short with 162 votes (24.77 %).
Outgoing alderman Jimmy Halford did not seek re-election.
The three available alderman seats in Bruceton were claimed by two incumbents and one newcomer.
Incumbent Cliff Sturdivant was the biggest vote earner with 446 (34.1 %), followed by incumbent Robert (Scotty) Hidgon with 437 (33.41 %), and newcomer Chris Cole with 425 (32.49 %).
Not seeking re-election was outgoing alderman Frank McGee.
Two of the three available alderman seats in Hollow Rock went to incumbents without any challengers, while one seat remains vacant.
Morris Rogers, who was originally appointed to the board, won his first election with 214 votes (50.95 %), and Curt Lumley was re-elected with 206 votes (49.05 %).
Michael Smith, an appointee, did not seek re-election, and since there were no other qualifying or write-in candidates, that vacancy will have to be filled by appointment.