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2016 Presidential Preference Primary - Trump takes 50 percent of Republican vote in Jackson County

2016 Presidential Preference Primary -  Trump takes 50 percent of Republican vote in Jackson County Source: Jackson County Elections Supervisor

It was a landslide victory for Donald Trump in Jackson County Tuesday night as the final count showed that there were as many Republicans voting in the 2016 Presidential Preference Primary election as there were Democrats. What makes that amazing is that there are twice as many registered Democrats as Republicans in Jackson County.  There are 28,153 registered voters in Jackson County: 15,793 are Democrats and 9,371 Republicans, with others totaling 2,989.  With 5,068 Republican votes cast in early voting, absentees and live voting on election day Tuesday, that means that there was a 55 percent Republican turnout in the election. The general election turnout was still high at 41 percent, according to the Jackson County Supervisor of Elections office.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won easily in Jackson County, defeating Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley.  The final count was Clinton with 53 percent or 2,798 votes; Bernie Sanders with 35 percent or 1,840 and O’Malley with 10 percent or 551.  The Democratic voter turnout was about 

33 percent.  

But Trump’s victory in Florida, Illinois and North Carolina was the big story on Tuesday night.  “I voted for Trump mainly because he says what the people are thinking,” said Jerry Blanchette of Compass Lake.  “He’s not perfect but none of them are.  The other candidates are good but they are all politicians and have brought us no change but I believe Trump will.  He puts people to work; two of my sons have worked on the construction of two of Trump’s buildings in Miami.”

From January 1 of this year to Election Day Tuesday, March 15, approximately 645 registered voters in Jackson County actually went to the elections office and switched to the Republican Party so they could vote Republican in this election, according to statistics posted daily at the supervisor of elections website. There were 10,314 votes cast in the election Tuesday in Jackson County.  On the Republican side, Trump took 49.19 percent of the vote or 2,486; Ted Cruz came in second with 26 percent or 1,355 votes and all the Republican Party faithful that voted for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio couldn’t prevent Rubio from coming in third with 17 percent or 908 votes. 

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