Donald Trump was the biggest winner Tuesday in Carroll County’s presidential primary.
Trump, the front-runner to secure the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election, took Carroll County by a commanding margin in Virginia’s Super Tuesday primary, receiving 53.5 percent of the vote on GOP side. Likewise, Democratic favorite Hillary Clinton also captured Carroll County with 57.1 percent of the party’s vote.
Overall, a total of 5,555 Carroll County voters unofficially participated in Tuesday’s presidential primary. With 18,660 voters in the county, 29.74 percent of the county’s registered voters took part in the primary. Carroll County Registrar Kimberly Cloud said that number is a little higher than usual for a presidential primary in Carroll County.
“This was a little bit more than what we have been having and we were pleased with the number,” Cloud said. “We had more voters than we anticipated.”
Super Tuesday was a big day for Trump as he won 7 of 11 states up for grabs March 1, claiming victories in Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts and Vermont. Republican rival Ted Cruz took three states, scoring a big victory in Texas to go along with wins in Oklahoma and Alaska. Republican Marco Rubio was victorious in Minnesota.
Carroll County went along with the majority of states with Trump receiving 2,412 of the 4,505 Republican votes cast (53.5 percent) in the county’s primary. Cruz was a distant second in Carroll with 815 votes (18.1 percent) while Rubio was third with 731 votes (16.2 percent). Ben Carson was fourth in Carroll County with 340 votes (7.5 percent) and John Kasich was fifth with 169 votes (3.7 percent).
Other Republicans receiving votes in Carroll County were Jeb Bush (11 votes), Mike Huckabee (9 votes), Rand Paul (eight votes), Chris Christie (four votes), Rick Santorum (three votes), Jim Gilmore (two votes) and Lindsey Graham (one vote).
Clinton won by a similar percentage in Carroll County as she took 57.1 percent of the Democratic vote. As a whole, however, Republican voters outnumbered Democratic voters more than 4-to-1 in Tuesday’s primary (4,505 Republican votes compared to 1,050 Democratic votes).
Clinton received 600 votes in Carroll County’s presidential primary compared to 445 votes (42.3 percent) for Bernie Sanders. Martin J. O’Malley tallied five votes in Carroll. Like Trump, Clinton won seven states on Super Tuesday – Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Texas. Sanders captured primary victories in Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Vermont.
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