VOL. 131 | NO. 44 | Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Trump, Clinton Carry Shelby in Tennessee Primaries
By Bill Dries
A lot of walk-up business at the polls Tuesday, March 1, meant some late election results for Shelby County in the Tennessee presidential primaries.
But there was little doubt about the outcome statewide even though the Republican primary was close in Shelby County.
(Daily News File/Andrew J. Breig)
It was all about the frontrunners in both parties.
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump carried Shelby County with just less than 30 percent of the votes cast, over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, followed by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.
With all 166 precincts in Shelby County reporting, the unofficial vote totals were:
Trump: 20,715 (29.8%)
Cruz: 19,727 (28.4%)
Rubio: 18,248 (26.4%)
The other 11 Republican primary contenders each came in with 5 percent or less of the Shelby County vote.
The order and percentages were roughly the same statewide.
And Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton easily beat U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, carrying Shelby County as well as the state.
With the same number of precincts locally the results were:
Clinton: 66,465 (80.2%)
Sanders: 15,985 (19.2%)
The remaining 0.6 percent went to one-time Democratic contender Martin O'Malley, who withdrew after the Tennessee ballot was set and those who voted uncommitted.
Turnout in both primaries in Shelby County was 151,204 voters or 27.9 percent of the 541,872 voters on the rolls.
The only local primary contest on the ballot was the Democratic primary for General Sessions Court Clerk.
Incumbent Democratic clerk Ed Stanton will meet Republican challenger Richard Morton in the August county general election.
Morton ran unopposed in the countywide Republican primary.
Stanton bested William Stovall.
With all precincts in, the unofficial vote count was:
Stanton: 53,797 (73.6%)
Stovall: 18,896 (25.8%)
Some voters in Shelby County were still in line just before 8 p.m., an hour after polls closed, according to Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett.
Until 11:07 p.m. Tuesday, no returns, early or election day had been posted on the Shelby County Election Commission's website. That despite partial returns for Shelby County posted on the Tennessee Secretary of State's website earlier in the evening.