Despite President Obama's approval rating dropping, according to polls, Democrats did very well in Carbon County balloting during Tuesday's General Election.

Take, for example, the races for mayors.

Of 12 boroughs, only two GOP mayors were elected. They were Michael Sofranko in Jim Thorpe and Dean Emrey in Parryville.

Sofranko whipped Democrat Dennis J. McGinley by a 821-359 margin, meaning the incumbent got nearly 70 percent of the votes.

Emrey had no opposition in Parryville, netting 55 or 94.83 percent of the ballots cast for the office.

As another example of the gains by the Demcrats, two political newcomers were elected to Lehighton Borough Council.

There were three candidates for five seats, and two Republican incumbents lost. They are George Kogut, who was seeking to have a second Community Center constructed, and John Wayne Bird.

Republican Scott T. Rehrig was re-elected. Democrat Helen Torok was the top vote-getter in the borough.

An emergency situation occurred in a Palmerton voting district when a poll worker became ill.

Lisa Dart, director of elections, quickly found a replacement.

Of Carbon County's 38,536 registered voters, a total of 10,303 made trips to the polls on Tuesday. This constituted a 26 percent turnout.

For the 2012 presidential election last November, there were 29,587 registered voters, with 24,755 casting ballots, or 62 percent.

Among the busiest boroughs yesterday were poll workers in Jim Thorpe and Nesquehoning.

Nesquehoning had 810 of its 1,961 registered voters cast ballots, or 41.3 percent.

In Jim Thorpe, 1,222 of the 3,109 registered voters opted to vote, which was 39.3 percent.

Beaver Meadows has 513 registered voters, with 209 coming to the polls or 40.7 percent.

Electronic voting machines have definitely given earlier evenings to Carbon County Election Board members.

When lever machines were used, it often took until 2 or 3 a.m. until all the ballots were counted.

Tuesday night, the final returns came in by 10:45 p.m. A computer problem resulted in a slight delay in printing the final tally, but all workers left the Jim Thorpe headquarters before 11:30.

In the 2014 election, voters will select a governor, state representative, and state senator.

In Carbon County, Republican Legislator Doyle Heffley of Palmerton presently represents the entire county, which is the 122nd Legislative District.

Beginning in the 2014 election, Summit Hill will be switched to the 124th Legislative District under a redistricting plan. This district primarily comprises Schuylkill and a section of Berks Counties.

The current representative in the 124th District is Jerry Knowles of Tamaqua.