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Super Tuesday Results: Trump, Clinton Win Big As Voters Turn Out For Primaries

Michael Campbell March 2, 2016
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DINWIDDIE COUNTY, VIRGINIA – As Super Tuesday fades into the political background, the Republican and Democratic primaries saw big turnouts and a decisive victory by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and a significantly closer win by Republican candidate Donald Trump over Marco Rubio.

According to state data, over 1 million voters took part in the GOP primary, while another 700,000 cast ballots in the Presidential Democratic primary during the day on Tuesday. Speaking with Prince George County Registrar Katherine Tyler, she reported few problems at the county’s polling places with approximately 27 percent voter turnout.

“The biggest issue we had is a couple of people wanted to vote in both primaries,” Tyler explained. “All in all, everything went very smooth.”

In the Town of Waverly in Sussex County, a community still reeling from a deadly tornado that ripped through one week ago, registrar Bill Jenkins said that voting places were not impacted by the tornado and that voting went on as scheduled.

Within Sussex and Surry, both Trump and Clinton carried significant leads to victory in the county, as Trump, the well-known business mogul, winning between 45 and 49 percent of the vote in the counties and former Secretary of State Clinton carrying between 81 and 90 percent of the vote in the counties, beating fellow democratic presidential challenger and Vermont lawmaker Bernie Sanders.

SUSSEX COUNTY RESULTS: Republican Presidential Primary – 2016
Data Provided by Virginia Dept. of Elections
ALL PRECINCTS REPORTING
Candidate                            Votes                     Percent      
Marco Rubio                            203                             22.73%
Lindsey Graham*                    2                               0.22%
Ben Carson                               58                               6.49%
Rand Paul                                 0                               0.00%
Mike Huckabee                       1                               0.11%
Ted Cruz                                   145                            16.24%
Donald Trump  ✓                  440                            49.27%
Jim Gilmore                            0                               0.00%
Chris Christie*                        1                               0.11%
Jeb Bush                                  5                               0.56%
Rick Santorum*                      2                               0.22%
John Katich                            35                              3.92%
Carly Fiorina*                         1                               0.11%

SURRY COUNTY RESULTS: Republican Presidential Primary – 2016
Data Provided by Virginia Dept. of Elections
ALL PRECINCTS REPORTING
Candidate                            Votes                     Percent      
Marco Rubio                            180                            22.58%
Lindsey Graham*                    0                               0.00%
Ben Carson                               67                             8.41%
Rand Paul                                 0                               0.00%
Mike Huckabee                       1                               0.13%
Ted Cruz                                   164                           20.58%
Donald Trump  ✓                  362                          45.42%
Jim Gilmore                            2                               0.25%
Chris Christie*                        0                               0.00%
Jeb Bush                                  3                               0.38%
Rick Santorum*                      1                               0.13%
John Katich                            16                               2.01%
Carly Fiorina*                         1                               0.13%

SUSSEX COUNTY RESULTS: Democratic Presidential Primary – 2016
Data Provided by Virginia Dept. of Elections
ALL PRECINCTS REPORTING
Candidate                            Votes                     Percent      
Hillary Clinton    ✓                   958                           90.46%
Bernie Sanders                         98                               9.25%
Martin J. O’Malley                   3                                0.28%

SURRY COUNTY RESULTS: Democratic Presidential Primary – 2016
Data Provided by Virginia Dept. of Elections
ALL PRECINCTS REPORTING
Candidate                            Votes                     Percent      
Hillary Clinton    ✓                    812                          81.77%
Bernie Sanders                          174                          17.52%
Martin J. O’Malley                   7                              0.70%

Following Clinton’s victory in Virginia, where she earned nearly two-thirds of the overall vote around the Commonwealth, the Democratic Party of Virginia congratulated both candidates for their campaign efforts in the state and to the volunteers who organized events in the days leading up to the primary.

“Virginians stood with Hillary because she stands with us,” DPV Chairwoman Susan Swecker said in a statement Tuesday night. “Hillary exemplifies leadership and has shown Virginians that she can and will build upon President Obama’s successes and move America forward.”

In a statement Tuesday, The Republican Party of Virginia calls Virginia a “key to winning the White House” and that their “candidates showed tonight that whomever is our nominee has what it takes to win our Commonwealth in November.”

“This was a truly amazing night in Virginia,” RPV Chairman John Whitbeck said Tuesday. “We smashed our previous GOP record and the Democrats in 2008 for primary turnout. The enthusiasm for the GOP in Virginia is overshadowing the Democrats here and across the Country.”

Along with Virginia, Trump earned victories in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Vermont. Republican Candidate Ted Cruz was able to earn wins in Alaska, Oklahoma, and his home state of Texas. Marco Rubio, who finished a close second to Trump in Virginia, only managed to win in Minnesota during the state’s caucus.

On the Democratic side, Clinton trounced Sanders with wins in Virginia, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Texas. Sanders did get enough support in the Colorado and Minnesota caucuses, along with Oklahoma and his home state of Vermont to win those states by significant margins over Clinton.

Coming up later this month is another slew of primaries and caucuses, with March 5 featuring Kansas caucuses, the Kentucky & Maine Republican Caucus, Louisiana primaries, and the Nebraska Democratic Caucus. The first of the “winner-take-all” primaries begins on March 15, featuring the states of Florida & Ohio. In these primaries, the winner in each respective state will earn all of the state’s available delegates toward their push for the Republican and Democratic nomination.

Republicans need 1,237 delegates to win the nod from the party while Democratic candidates need 2,383 for the nomination.

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