Sanders, Trump take Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 April 2016 at 12:00 am

Orleans County proved friendly country for Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in today’s presidential primaries. (The top photo shows a Trump sign in Holley on Route 31.)

Sanders received 877 votes to Hillary Clinton’s 650 or 57.4 percent to 42.6 percent. Clinton is the projected statewide winner for the Democrats. She served as one of New York’s senators after being in the White House as first lady.

Trump was an overwhelming winner for the Republicans, getting 63.3 percent of the vote or 2,532 votes followed by John Kasich at 757 (18.9 percent), Ted Cruz at 654 (16.4 percent) and Ben Carson at 55 (1.4 percent).

Turnout wasn’t as high as predicted. The county Board of Elections printed enough ballots for an 80 percent turnout.

There were 1,527 Democrats who voted, or 28.7 percent of 5,320 registered Democrats. Republicans had a bigger turnout with 3,998, or 38.6 percent of 10,360 registered Republicans.

In addition, there were 399 absentees, and 293 had been returned by today. The ballots will be counted in a week as long as they have been postmarked by today. The County Board of Elections also said an unknown amount of affidavit ballots may be part of the final count.

A Medina resident on Park Avenue displays a Sanders sign.