UNION COUNTY — More than one in 10 registered voters in Union County took part in Saturday’s Democratic primary and of those more than 80 percent voted for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Unofficial results show 2,036 of the county’s 16,974 active registered voters took part in the primary.
Of those who voted in the primary, 1,690 or 83.37 percent voted for Clinton who carried all of the county’s 24 precincts including the absentee precinct. At 83.37 percent, Clinton’s level of support in the county was bigger that her statewide winning percentage of 73.47 percent.
US Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont received 332 votes or 16.35 percent. At 16.35 percent, Sanders’ level of support was lower that his statewide percentage of 25.97 percent.
Former Maryland Governor Martin O’ Malley dropped out the race in early February but his name was still on the ballot because it was printed while he was still a candidate. Even though he was no longer running, O’Malley still received two votes in Union County.
A fourth candidate, Willie Wilson, received three votes locally.
Twelve “under votes” were also cast in Saturday’s primary. Under votes according to Union County Voter Registrar Darlene Pettit are ballots that are cast without the voter actually choosing a candidate.
The Union County Election Commission will meet Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office to certify the results of Saturday’s primary.
Turnout for Saturday’s Democratic primary in Union County was nearly half that of the Republican presidential primary held the previous Saturday.
In the Republican primary, a total of 3,637 or 21.43 percent of the county’s active registered voters cast ballots. This was 1,616 more than participated in Saturday’s Democratic primary.
Statewide, 25.17 percent of the state’s 2,961,362 registered voters participated in the Republican primary, more than twice the 12.52 percent that participated in the Democratic primary.
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