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By Anna Lothson
Oak Park had the highest turnout (79.8 percent) of any suburban Cook County township, followed by River Forest (76.1 percent).
The unofficial election results released on the Cook County Clerk's website show President Barack Obama got 82.5 percent of the vote in Oak Park, or 22,707 votes.
The Mitt Romney ticket fell drastically below that, garnering 15.6 percent, or 4,286 votes. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson got 256 votes, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein got 276 votes.
These numbers are similar to the 2008 Presidential Election when Obama earned 84.3 percent of the vote over John McCain's 14.5 percent.
Although the numbers aren't official, the preliminary results show that voting in Oak Park Township is down from 2008. The total number of votes accounted for this year was 27,525, compared to 2008's number of 29,171. The 2012 numbers, however, may change before the results become certified.
The Democratic ticket swept up the votes for the election in Oak Park Township, starting with Democrat Luis Gutierrez, who got 73 percent of the vote for the 4th Congressional District over Republican challenger Hector Concepcion. Danny Davis also led the Democrats in the 7th Congressional District with 77.5 percent of the vote. Republican Rita Zak got 14.6 percent, while Independent John Monaghan got about 8 percent. The race for the Illinois State Senate and House of Representatives were all unopposed Democrats.
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