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Trump Country: GOP front-runner’s vote totals top 50 percent in Orland, Palos, Worth townships

 

The Southwest Suburbs appear to be Trump Country, based on local results of last Tuesday’s Illinois primary election.

            Republican frontrunner Donald J. Trump scored a higher percentage of the vote in local townships – all north of 50 percent — compared to his margins of victory statewide or in suburban Cook County as a whole.

            And in the Democratic race, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton in Palos, Orland and Worth townships, even though she beat him narrowly statewide and by a larger margin in suburban Cook County, according to vote tallies by township reported by the Cook County Clerk’s Office starting the day after last Tuesday’s vote count.

            Locally, Palos Township gave Trump his widest margin. Trump won Palos Township with 53.9 percent of the vote (3,828 votes), besting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 21.3 percent (1,512), Ohio Gov. John Kasich 16.7 percent (1,186) and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio 6.7 percent. Rubio dropped out of the race the same night as the Illinois primary results were counted after he lost his home state of Florida by a wide margin to Trump. There were 7,098 total votes cast in Palos Township in the GOP presidential race were.

            Statewide, Trump won 38.8 percent of the vote, Cruz 30.3 percent, Kasich 19.7 percent and Rubio 8.7 percent.

In suburban Cook County, Trump had 41.47 percent (91,520 votes), followed by Kasich in second place at 24.2 percent, and Cruz at 22.9 percent.

Palos Township Democratic voters gave Sanders 54.5 percent of the vote (4,138 votes) to Clinton’s 44.4 percent (3,372) out of a total 7,599 votes cast. Statewide Clinton had bested Sanders 50.5 percent to 48.7 percent. Her margin was greater in suburban Cook County, 53.6 percent (249,217 votes) for Clinton to 45.7 percent (212,428) for Sanders.

More than 450,000 suburban Cook County Democrats voted in the presidential primary, about twice as many as 223,495 Republicans.

In Orland Township, Trump won 50.4 percent of the Republican presidential primary votes vote (7,433) to 23.2 percent for Cruz (3,420), 16.8 percent for Kasich and 8.3 percent for Rubio out of 14,751 votes cast.

Orland Township Democrats gave Sanders 53.1 percent of the vote (7,649) to Clinton’s 45.9 percent (6,610), with 14,396 votes cast.

Worth Township Republicans went for Trump 52.6 percent (7,555) to Cruz’s 23.4 percent (3,364) to 14.25 percent for Kasich and only 7.8 percent for Rubio. Total GOP votes were 14,356, as of Monday.

Sanders won 53.2 percent (14,221 votes) of Worth Township Democrats to 45.6 percent for Clinton (12,193), with 26,715 votes cast.

Some tabulations of the vote totals reported above grew by a small number between Monday and Tuesday on the Cook County Clerk’s website, Cookcountyclerk.com, as provisional and mail ballots are processed.

Based on unofficial results, suburban Cook County turnout was about 48 percent, a record-high for a presidential primary in suburban Cook County, according to the county clerk’s office. Other highlights of Tuesday’s election it reported are as follows:

  • About 20,000 voters took advantage of Election Day registration.
  • Hillary Clinton won 16 of 30 suburban Cook County townships and Bernie Sanders won 14.
  • On the Republican side, Donald Trump won 25 suburban townships and John Kasich won five.
  • Clinton’s winning percentages were highest in New Trier (65%), Thornton (64.5%) and Rich (63.1%) townships. Sanders’ highest winning percentages came in Riverside (57%), Berwyn (56.6%) and Stickney (56.6%) townships.  
  • Trump’s highest win percentages came in: Stickney (61.9%); Norwood Park (57.4%), and Leyden (54.9%) townships. Kasich’s highest win percentages came in New Trier (49.3%), Evanston (45.3%) and River Forest (41%) townships.
  • In the Democratic Primary for Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx won 16 of 30 suburban townships. Anita Alvarez won 14 townships.
  • In the Democratic Primary for Circuit Court Clerk of Cook County, Dorothy Brown won 25 of 30 suburban townships, Jacob Meister won four townships, and Michelle Harris won one.
  • In the Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate, Tammy Duckworth won 28 townships. Andrea Zopp and Napoleon Harris each won one township.

 

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