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Clinton takes Colleton votes in Democratic Primary

Colleton County Poll Worker Gilda Barnwell works to help a voter cast their ballot in Saturday’s S.C. Democratic Primary. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won in Colleton County, and also took the majority of all votes cast throughout South Carolina. Photo by Heather Walters

About 14 percent of Colleton County’s Democratic voters cast their ballots in Saturday’s South Carolina democratic primary.

Specifically, 14.86 percent of the registered Democratic voters in the county participated in the primary, creating 3,584 ballots. There are 24,126 voters registered in Colleton County.

The majority of those local votes cast were for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Clinton won Colleton with 82.55 percent of the votes cast on Saturday. Statewide, Clinton also won, taking 73.4 percent of all South Carolina votes cast throughout the Palmetto State.

In total, South Carolina Democratic voters cast 270,810 ballots in favor of Clinton.

Fellow democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders received 25.97 percent of all votes cast statewide. This equals to Sanders having about 95,737 votes throughout South Carolina.

In Colleton County, Sanders received 16.41 percent of the votes cast. Specifically, Sanders earned 583 votes from Colleton’s voters.

Democratic presidential write-in candidate Willie Wilson also received 1, 317 votes statewide. In Colleton County, Wilson received 25 votes.

The fourth, and final, Democratic Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley is also a write-in candidate. O’Malley received 12 votes in Colleton County in Saturday’s primary.

As the polls neared closing at 7 p.m. on Saturday night, Colleton voters were still trickling in at some polls. Colleton County Poll Worker Gilda Barnwell told The Colletonian that about 1/3 of the registered voters in the rural Pleasant Grove community had participated in the election. “It’s been slow, but voters are coming in throughout the day,” she said.

These are the unofficial results from Saturday’s primary. The results will be confirmed and made official this week. The official party nominees for both the national Democratic and GOP (Republican) parties will face off in the November Presidential Election.


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