Trump, Clinton secure local wins
Area voters largely favored the statewide winners in Tuesday’s Republican and Democratic presidential primaries.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the leading vote getter among Democrats in Shenandoah and Frederick counties while businessman Donald Trump swept Shenandoah, Frederick and Warren counties in the Republican contest.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont gave Clinton a strong challenge by coming within a few percentage points of her in Shenandoah and Frederick counties and winning narrowly in Warren County. Clinton won Shenandoah and Frederick counties with just over 50 percent.
Trump cruised to victory with 38 percent of the vote in Shenandoah County, 39 percent in Warren County and 36 percent in Frederick County.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida was Trump’s closest competitor in two of the three counties. Rubio won 26 percent of the vote in Frederick County and 24 percent of the vote in Shenandoah County. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas took second in Warren County with 26 percent.
Statewide figures showed that the wide margin for Trump in the Shenandoah Valley and Tidewater regions helped offset a weak showing in the Northern Virginia suburbs that almost allowed Rubio to overtake him.
Shenandoah County’s overall turnout hit 30 percent, higher than what voter registrar Lisa McDonald had been expecting and more than the last two presidential primaries.
“We had a good turnout,” McDonald said. “Initially we thought it would be about 20 percent.”
Voter turnout in Frederick County reached 24 percent. Turnout figures for Warren County were not available.
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