Tuesday, April 26, 2016
UPDATE While Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald J. Trump swept Connecticut in today’s presidential primaries, Republican John R. Kasich bested Trump in Westport by 1,098 to 1,053, according to results released by the Town Clerk’s office tonight.
According to Town Clerk Patricia Strauss, 60.8 percent of the town’s 7,577 registered Democrats and 52.3 percent of Westport’s 5,583 registered Republicans voted today.
Clinton bested rival Bernie Sanders by more than double, 2,661 to 1,087 (70.3 percent to 28.7 percent), while Republican Kasich, who has remained in third place nationally, beat Republican front runner Trump by 45 votes.—46.15 percent (1,098) to Trump’s 44.26 percent (1,053).
Republican Ted Cruz received only 165 votes here. Ben Carson, whose name was on the ballot even though he is no longer in the race received 11 votes, and 50 Westport Republican voters checked that they were uncommitted.
In the Democratic race, a third candidate Rocque De La Fuente garnered only 8 votes, and 30 voters put down that they were uncommitted.
According to the Secretary of the State, Westport, Darien, New Canaan, West Hartford, and Salisbury were the only wins for Kasich in today’s Connecticut primary.
The Ohio governor had received strong support from state Sen.Tony Hwang, whose district includes part of Westport and who was Connecticut chairman for Kasich, and former U.S. Rep. Chris Shays.
Shays represented Westport as part of a 40-year run of Republicans holding office from the 4th District. He was upset by Democrat Jim Himes in 2008.
In the last GOP presidential primary in Connecticut in 2012, Westport had a 16.2 percent turnout as Mitt Romney bested Ron Paul 82 percent to 7.4 percent, with Newt Gingrich getting 7.1 percent.
The 2008 GOP presidential primary had a 44.5 percent turnout in Westport as John McCain defeated Mitt Romney 65.2 percent to 25.9 percent.
The 2008 Democratic presidential primary in Westport had a 69.9 percent turnout as Barack Obama defeated Hillary Clinton 54.2 percent to 43.9 percent.
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