VOL. 131 | NO. 45 | Thursday, March 3, 2016
Trump And Clinton Take Tennessee, Shelby County
By Bill Dries
He drew 10,000 people to a Millington aircraft hangar last weekend. And Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump got about twice as many votes in Shelby County in Tuesday’s Tennessee primaries.
Hillary Clinton won Shelby County convincingly; Trump prevailed. (Daily News File/Andrew J. Breig)
Trump took Tennessee easily over his closest competitor, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, with statewide results confirming exit polls that prompted CNN and CBS to call Tennessee for Trump as soon as the polls closed at 7 p.m.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida was a close third.
Voters came out in force at Mississippi Boulevard Church. (Daily News/Andrew J. Breig)
The final unofficial results statewide in the Republican primary were:
Trump: 332,823 (38.9%)
Cruz: 211,234 (24.7%)
Rubio: 181,059 (21.2%)
The Shelby County results were much closer, but in the same order in an election that saw the turnout so thick it kept some polls open almost an hour after the 7 p.m. closing.
Trump carried Shelby County with just less than 30 percent of the votes cast, followed closely by Cruz and then Rubio.
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.
Democratic presidential 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.
The strong turnout and large margin of victory for Clinton came eight years after she lost Shelby County to Barack Obama even though she carried the state in the 2008 Tennessee primary.
The statewide Democratic primary results were:
Clinton: 245,374 (66%)
Sanders: 120,360 (32.4%)
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. Partial returns for Shelby County had been posted on the Tennessee Secretary of State’s website earlier in the evening.