While Birmingham didn't always vote with the pack on Tuesday night, the city proved to serve as a model for several state- and county-wide elections.
In total, 13,106 Birmingham residents cast a ballot in Tuesday's election. About 4,600 of those — around 35 percent — were submitted absentee. That brings Tuesday's voter turnout to 78 percent.
This is just about on par with the voter turnout during the 2008 presidential election, City Clerk Laura Broski said. Voter turnout four years ago was 79 percent, she said.
On the ballot in Birmingham were a number of national, state- and county-level candidates for various offices, from U.S. Senator to Oakland County Clerk. Also on Birmingham's ballot were a school board election and city charter amendment.
The most notable difference between Birmingham's results and the rest of Michigan was the vote for U.S. President. Fifty-four percent of Birmingham residents voted for Republican candidate Mitt Romney, compared to President Barack Obama's 44.6 percent of the vote.
As a state, however, Michigan's electoral votes went to Obama Tuesday night, giving the Democrat the boost he needed to win the election.
Birmingham's vote in 2012, however, comes a break from the last presidential election. According to Broski, Obama received 52 percent of Birmingham's vote in 2008.
Wondering how Birmingham residents voted? Here's a breakdown of Birmingham's winners:
- Mitt Romney — 54.6 percent
- Barack Obama — 44.6 percent
- Pete Hoekstra — 50.2 percent
- Debbie Stabenow — 47.4 percent
U.S. House of Representatives - 11th District
- Kerry Bentivolio — 53.6 percent
- Syed Taj — 43 percent
Michigan House of Representatives - 40th District
- Michael McCready — 60.6 percent
- Dorian Coston — 35.6 percent
- Steve Burgis — 2.7 percent
Oakland County Commissioner - 12th District
- Shelley Goodman Taub — 63.4 percent
- Paul Secrest — 36.3 percent
Oakland County Executive
- L. Brooks Patterson — 68.8 percent
- Kevin Howley — 31.1 percent
- Mike Bishop — 55.7 percent
- Jessica Cooper — 41.9 percent
Oakland County Sheriff
- Michael Bouchard — 71 percent
- Jane Felice Boudreau — 28.9 percent
Oakland County Clerk
- Bill Bullard — 58.3 percent
- Lisa Brown — 41.5 percent
Oakland County Treasurer
- Marty Knollenberg — 56.7 percent
- Andy Meisner — 43.2 percent
Water Resources Commissioner
- John McCulloch — 60.6 percent
- Jim Nash — 39.2 percent
6th Circuit Court Judge
Incumbent (pick five)
- Leo Bowman — 15.4 percent
- Deborah Carley — 7.8 percent
- Phyllis McMillen — 16.9 percent
- Denise Langford Morris — 17.3 percent
- Wendy Potts — 19.3 percent
- William Rollstin — 5.9 percent
- Michael Warren — 17.3 percent
Non-Incumbent (pick one)
- Dan Christ — 48.5 percent
- Karen McDonald — 51.2 percent
48th District Court Judge
- Diane D'Agostini — 66.3 percent
- Josh Arnkoff — 33.2 percent
See all the results from the 2012 general election in Birmingham:
- Oakland County Elections 2012
- Michigan Elections 2012
Catch up with all of Patch's coverage of the 2012 general election by visiting Birmingham's 2012 General Election Guide.