Westmoreland sweeps counties in third district
by W. Winston Skinner
Coweta County resident Lynn Westmoreland was swept back into office on Tuesday night.
Westmoreland handily won re-election to the Third Congressional District post. Unofficial results showed Westmoreland had 37,059 votes to 16,283 for Jonesboro businessman C.E. “Chip” Flanegan.
Westmoreland won in every county in the district. In Coweta, he received 5,597 votes to 2,880 for Flanegan. Flanegan got 30.1 percent of the vote district-wide and 34 percent in Coweta County.
County-by-county vote totals elsewhere were: Carroll, 5,057 for Westmoreland/ 2,142 Flanegan; Fayette, 6,507 Westmoreland/ 3,626 Flanegan; Harris, 1,866 Westmoreland/ 713 Flanegan; Heard, 656 Westmoreland/ 296 Flanegan; Henry, 1,954 Westmoreland/ 882 Flanegan; Lamar, 861 Westmoreland/ 428 Flanegan; Meriwether, 776 Westmoreland/ 305 Flanegan; Muscogee, 3,465 Westmoreland/ 1,009 Flanegan; Pike, 1,407 Westmoreland/ 680 Flanegan; Spalding, 3,350 Westmoreland/ 1,390 Flanegan; Troup, 3,508 Westmoreland/ 1,133 Flanegan; and Upson, 2,055 Westmoreland/ 799 Flanegan.
Westmoreland was first elected to Congress in 2004.
In a statement on his campaign website, Westmoreland expressed thanks to voters for re-electing him. “Joan and I continue to be overwhelmed by the support of our friends and neighbors throughout the district. It has been a privilege to represent your conservative values in Washington, and I will continue fighting for a better America for our children and grandchildren.”