Navajos come out full force for Obama

By Bill Donovan
Special to the Times

WINDOW ROCK, November 8, 2012

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I t turned out that President Barack Obama didn't need the help of Navajo voters, winning re-election easily in Tuesday's election.

But Navajo voters came out in force for the national elections and overwhelmingly supported Obama in the election.

Election officials in both San Juan and McKinley counties said Navajo precincts went for Obama over Mitt Romney by better than 2-1. In some chapters, like Tohatchi and Teec Nos Pos, the support for Obama surpassed 80 percent.

That was enough in McKinley County to give Obama the entire county but in San Jun County, heavy Republican support in Farmington and Aztec carried the day and Romney easily carried the county with more than 70 percent of the vote.

While there were no precinct reports available for the Arizona portion of the Navajo Reservation, election officials in both Navajo and Apache counties said their preliminary figures showed Navajos on the reservation going heavily for Obama.

But that apparently wasn't enough as the support for Romney in the southern portions of those two counties was enough, according to early figures, to put both counties in the Romney win column.

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