Cruz, Clinton carry Barry County

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

45 percent of county's voters cast ballots

Barry County voters made their voices heard on the national stage Tuesday in Missouri's Presidential Preference Primary, with Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton taking the majority of the ballots in the county.

For the Republicans, Cruz won the county 3,189 votes (45 percent), Donald Trump came in second with 3,030 votes (43 percent), John Kasich garnered 400 votes (6 percent) and Marco Rubio finished with 255 votes (4 percent).

Twenty-three Republican voters were uncommitted as of Tuesday. Despite dropping out of the race, Ben Carson received 53 votes, Mike Huckabee earned 28, Jeb Bush garnered 20, Rand Paul received 16 and Chris Christie earned 10 votes.

For the Democrats, Clinton took first with 874 votes (52 percent), and Bernie Sanders finished second with 796 votes (47 percent).

Fifteen Democratic voters were uncommitted as of Tuesday. No other Democratic candidates earned more than two votes.

Voter turnout was 44.47 percent countywide, with 7,031 Republicans and 1,693 Democrats casting ballots.

In Barry County in 2012, voter turnout ranged from a low of 14.48 percent in Monett to a high of 47.07 percent in Shell Knob. In the 2008 primary, countywide voter turnout clocked in at 40 percent.

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