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Updated: December 8, 2012 6:39AM

As Lake County goes, so goes the nation?

Perhaps not, but for the fifth consecutive presidential election, Tuesday’s winner in Lake County was also the victor in the Electoral College.

With all 415 precincts reporting, unofficial returns that included early-voting totals gave incumbent Democrat Barack Obama 151,552 votes (53.3 percent) to 128,609 votes (45.2 percent) for Republican Mitt Romney. Libertarian Gary Johnson won 2,762 votes (.97 percent), while the Green Party’s Jill Stein took 1,109 votes (.39 percent).

Obama also won Lake County in 2008, but his 2012 total fell 25,690 votes short of that showing, when he recorded 177,242 votes (59.2 percent) to 118,545 (39.6 percent) for John McCain.)

The last winner in the national race for the White House who didn’t carry Lake County was Democrat Bill Clinton in 1992, who took 36.4 percent of the vote to 44.2 percent for George H.W. Bush and 18.9 percent for independent Ross Perot.

The county’s one-time status as a Republican stronghold was in evidence in 1988, when Bush won 63.5 percent of the countywide vote to 35.8 for Democrat Michael Dukakis.

In 2012, Romney won precincts in Libertyville, the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff area and in the southwest and northwest corners of the county. Obama’s highest numbers came from areas in and around Highland Park, Avon Township, Vernon Township and Waukegan.

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