Frank Brown Recreation Center

Auburn residents wait in line to vote on Tuesday at Frank Brown Recreation Center

While the nation anxiously awaits the results of the presidential election, which could stretch on for days or longer as mail-in votes are tallied and court challenges weighed and decided, there were no surprises in Lee County on Tuesday, as residents flocked to the polls and Republican candidates swept the slate. 

Turnout was on par with the 2016 election, with 57.52 percent turnout at the polls in 2020 compared to 57.6 percent four years ago. 

President Donald Trump easily carried both Alabama and Lee County over Democratic candidate Joe Biden, picking up over 63 percent of the vote statewide and about 59 percent in Lee County.

Republican challenger Tommy Tuberville reclaimed the U.S. Senate seat for Republicans, beating incumbent Democratic Sen. Doug Jones by a 61 to 38 percent margin. The former Auburn head football coach found plenty of support in Lee County, too, picking up nearly 58 percent of the vote. 

Incumbent U.S. House Rep. Mike Rogers easily won re-election over Democratic candidate Adia Winfrey, securing the seat with about 67.5 percent of the vote statewide and about 63 percent in Lee County. 

In another contested statewide race, Republican Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh won another term as president of the Public Service Commission, defeating Democratic challenger Laura Casey, 60 percent to 40 percent. 

Locally, Republican Oline Price secured another term as Lee County revenue commissioner, running unopposed and picking up nearly 98 percent of the vote. 

Also running unopposed, Republican Mark Tomlin won the District No. 1 seat on the Lee County Board of Education. 

Republicans also won two contested races for seats on the Lee County Commission, with Doug Cannon defeating challenger Lindsey Bickerstaff 59 to 41 percent and Gary Long besting Sonny Stringer with nearly 70 percent of the vote. 

Six statewide amendments to the Alabama Constitution were also on the ballot Tuesday. 

Amendment 1, a symbolic move that would restrict voting in the state to "only," instead of "every," U.S. citizens, was approved statewide with about 78 percent of voters supporting the change. 

Amendment 2, which would have made a number of changes to the judicial article in the state constitution, narrowly failed to pass, with about 51 percent of the electorate voting against the measure. 

Amendment 3 was easily approved by Alabama voters, picking up 65 percent of the vote. It deals with changes to the rules pertaining to the appointment of circuit and district judges. 

The highest profile measure, Amendment 4, also passed on Tuesday, with about 66 percent of Alabamians supporting the removal of racist language from the state Constitution, as wells as items that have been repealed or duplicated. 

Amendments 5 and 6, which deal with  protecting those who use lethal force to protect others in a church setting in Florence and Lauderdale counties, also passed.  

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