Romney Wins Georgia, Concedes Election

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David Jackson, USA TODAY; Michael King, WXIA-TV 

Mitt Romney has conceded the presidential race to President Barack Obama.

"I have just called President Obama to congratulate him on his victory," Romney tells supporters in Boston.

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Romney also thanked wife Ann, saying "she would have been a wonderful first lady."

Saying "I believe in America," Romney seeks a bipartisan tone. In congratulating Obama, Romney said he will "pray for him, and pray for this great nation."

Early returns and exit polling show Romney defeating Obama in Georgia. Obama also failed to carry the state in 2008.

With 97 percent reporting, Romney took 1,969,785 votes for 53 percent, holding a 7-point lead over Obama's 1,690,452 votes for 46 percent.

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson took 42,785 votes in the state, good for 1 percent.

Romney had been a favorite to win in the state where Republicans hold every statewide office and have wide majorities in the Legislature.

The former Massachusetts governor placed second in Georgia's presidential primary in March, behind former Georgia Congressman and House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Gingrich later dropped out of the race.

Georgia was never considered a key state in the presidential contest. Both Romney and Obama raised money in Georgia, but neither candidate mounted a major campaign in the state.

County-by-county:

Baldwin (100 percent)
Romney, GOP 7,585 - 47 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 8,469 - 52 percent
Johnson, Lib 160 - 1 percent

Bibb (100 percent)
Romney, GOP 25,606 - 40 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 38,538 - 60 percent
Johnson, Lib 481 - 1 percent

Bleckley (100 percent)
Romney, GOP 3,586 - 73 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 1,266 - 26 percent
Johnson, Lib 51 - 1 percent

Crawford (100 percent)
Romney, GOP 3,366 - 66 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 1,699 - 33 percent
Johnson, Lib 58 - 1 percent

Dodge (100 percent)
Romney, GOP 5,214 - 67 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 2,440 - 32 percent
Johnson, Lib 77 - 1 percent

Dooly (100 percent)
Romney, GOP 1,983 - 46 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 2,278 - 53 percent
Johnson, Lib 28 - 1 percent

Hancock (100 percent)
Romney, GOP 764 - 19 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 3,301 - 81 percent
Johnson, Lib 11 - 0 percent

Houston (100 percent)
Romney, GOP 31,591 - 60 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 20,497 - 39 percent
Johnson, Lib 524 - 1 percent

Jones (100 percent)
Romney, GOP 7,740 - 64 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 4,272 - 35 percent
Johnson, Lib 87 - 1 percent

Lamar (100 percent)
Romney, GOP 4,896 - 65 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 2,602 - 34 percent
Johnson, Lib 91 - 1 percent

Laurens (100 percent)
Romney, GOP 11,947 - 61 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 7,508 - 38 percent
Johnson, Lib 136 - 1 percent

Macon Co. (100 percent)
Romney, GOP 1,545 - 32 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 3,211 - 67 percent
Johnson, Lib 25 - 1 percent

Monroe (100 percent)
Romney, GOP 8,352 - 68 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 3,779 - 31 percent
Johnson, Lib 128 - 1 percent

Oglethorpe (100 percent)
Romney, GOP 4,250 - 68 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 1,913 - 31 percent
Johnson, Lib 95 - 2 percent

Peach (100 percent)
Romney, GOP 5,280 - 46 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 6,141 - 53 percent
Johnson, Lib 78 - 1 percent

Pulaski (100 percent)
Romney, GOP 2,444 - 66 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 1,219 - 33 percent
Johnson, Lib 18 - 0 percent

Putnam (88 percent)
Romney, GOP 5,710 - 67 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 2,730 - 32 percent
Johnson, Lib 72 - 1 percent

Telfair (100 percent)
Romney, GOP 2,479 - 57 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 1,804 - 42 percent
Johnson, Lib 51 - 1 percent

Tift (100 percent)
Romney, GOP 9,171 - 66 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 4,640 - 33 percent
Johnson, Lib 82 - 1 percent

Treutlen (100 percent)
Romney, GOP 1,646 - 60 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 1,068 - 39 percent
Johnson, Lib 24 - 1 percent

Twiggs (100 percent)
Romney, GOP 1,905 - 45 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 2,269 - 54 percent
Johnson, Lib 25 - 1 percent

Upson (80 percent)
Romney, GOP 7,197 - 66 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 3,685 - 34 percent
Johnson, Lib 48 - 0 percent

Wheeler (100 percent)
Romney, GOP 1,366 - 63 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 772 - 36 percent
Johnson, Lib 22 - 1 percent

Wilkinson (100 percent)
Romney, GOP 2,245 - 50 percent
Obama, Dem (i) 2,180 - 49 percent
Johnson, Lib 23 - 1 percent

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