Clay County voters made their voices heard Tuesday evening at the state and national level.
In a hotly-contested race for State Representative District 44, Democrat Nancy Michael defeated incumbent, Republican Amos Thomas in both Clay and Putnam counties.
In Clay County, Michael tallied 3,729 votes (50.8 percent), while Thomas finished with 3,412 votes (46.49 percent). Libertarian Darrell Goldman finished with 199 votes (2.71 percent).
In Putnam County, Michael had 7,158 votes (50.14 percent), while Thomas finished with 6,646 votes (46.55 percent).
Goldman had 472 votes (3.31 percent.
"I couldn't be more excited," Michael said. "I really look forward to working with everyone over the next two years. We all have a lot of work together.
"I'm excited to get to the statehouse and make some positive impacts that I think are going to be particularly important."
Michael said she was surprised that her campaign did so well in all four counties the district encompasses.
"I was hopeful I would win Putnam County," she said. "I really felt like we made some headway in people getting to know us.
"It was a pleasant surprise."
Michael said she wants to get to know her fellow representatives and begin the process of learning.
"I'm anxious to get on the ground with other representatives and get some bills crafted," she said, referring to property tax reform, education, among other issues.
"I think we've got to work together across the aisles with people," she said.
In the governor's race, incumbent Republican Mitch Daniels faced opposition against Democrat Jill Long Thompson and Libertarian Andrew Horning.
Clay County voters favored sticking with Daniels for another four years as he received 5,983 votes (52.7 percent).
Daniels was declared the winner statewide before 9 p.m., Tuesday.
Long Thompson tallied 5,055 votes in the county (44.5 percent) while Horning received 312 votes (2.8 percent).
In addition, county voters elected to stay with United States Representative Brad Ellsworth for another two years.
Ellsworth, a Democrat, squared off against Republican Greg Goode in the race for District 8 Congressman, with Ellsworth claiming 6,912 votes (61.3 percent).
Ellsworth was also declared the winner of the race before 9 p.m.
Goode received 4,360 votes in Clay County, good enough for 38.9 percent.
In the State Attorney General race, county voters went with Republican Greg Zoeller, who tallied 6,195 votes (56.8 percent), while Democrat Linda Pence tallied 4,741 votes (43.4 percent).
Clay County voters also chose Republican Tony Bennett for Superintendent of Public Instruction by a wide margin.
Bennett tallied 5,888 county votes (54.97 percent), while his challenger, Democrat Richard D. Wood, had 4,822 votes (45.01 percent). There were two write-in votes for the position.
At the presidential level, Clay County voters went with Republican John McCain, who tallied 6,214 votes (54.9 percent). Democrat challenger Barack Obama tallied 4,954 votes in the county (43.3 percent), while Libertarian Bob Barr had 168 votes (1.5 percent). There were a total of 20 write-in votes in Clay County.
At press time, a new president had not been elected.
NOTE: At press time, the presidential election had not been determined.