UNION COUNTY — More than one in five registered voters in Union County took part in Saturday’s Republican presidential primary and of those nearly 40 percent voted for businessman Donald Trump.
Unofficial results show a total of 3,637 or 21.43 percent of the county’s 16,974 active registered voters took park in the primary.
Of those who voted in the primary, 1,403 or 38.85 percent voted for Trump who carried 19 of the county’s 24 precincts including the absentee precinct. At 38.85 percent, Trump’s level of support in the county was higher than his statewide winning percentage of 32.5 percent.
US Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas finished second in the county receiving 884 votes or 24.48 percent and carried the East Buffalo precinct and tied with Trump in the Monarch Box 2 precinct.
US Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida finished third in the county receiving 752 votes or 20.83 percent and carried the Ward 4 Box 2, Carlisle, and Ward 2 precincts.
Statewide, Rubio finished second with 22.5 percent while Cruz was right behind him in third with 22.3 percent.
Businessman Donald Trump carried Union County in Saturday’s Republican presidential primary while Texas US Sen. Ted Cruz finished second and Florida US Sen. Marco Rubio third.
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush finished fourth in the county with 268 votes or 7.45 percent. Bush also finished fourth statewide with 7.8 percent of the vote.
Neurosurgeon Ben Carson finished fifth in the county with 188 votes or 5.23 percent while Ohio Gov. John Kasich was sixth with 144 votes or 3.16 percent.
Statewide, Kasich was fifth with 7.6 percent of the vote while Carson was sixth with 7.2 percent.
Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Bush, Carson, and Kasich were the only candidates still running for the Republican presidential nomination on Saturday, but they were not the only candidates listed on the ballot.
Also on the ballot were New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, US Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, and former US senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. These candidates, however, had dropped out of the race prior to Saturday’s primary but were still listed on the ballot which had been printed prior to their ending their candidacies.
Even though none of this candidates were still actively seeking the GOP nomination, some of them still received votes.
Huckabee and Paul each received four votes while Fiorina received one. No votes were cast for Christie, Gilmore, and Santorum.
(The ranks of candidates who have dropped out of the race for Republican presidential nomination grew this weekend when Bush announced that he was ending his campaign.)
The Union County Election Commission will meet Thursday at the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office to certify the results of the primary.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or email@example.com.