BERNARDS TWP., NJ - If Bernards Township is any indication of how voters around the nation are leaning, Republican Donald J. Trump and Democrat Hillary Cliinton have strong support to represent their parties in this year's U.S. Presidential race.
In Tuesday's primary election, Trump received the votes of 2,089 township voters. John Kasich received the second strongest showing among local Republicans with 729 votes. Local GOP voters showed little interest in Ted Cruz, the third Republican candidate listed on the township ballot, who received 166 votes. Although still on the New Jersey ballot, Kasich and Cruz suspended their campaigns earlier this spring.
All vote counts are unofficial results released by the Bernards Township municipal clerk's office.
Bernards Township Mayor Carol Bianchi, a Republican running unopposed by challengers from either party, received votes from 2,711 township voters in her bid for another three-year term on the Bernards Township Committee.
Democrats favor Clinton over Sanders almost 2 to 1
Bernards Township Democrats overwhelmingly voted for Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders as their choice for the Democratic candidate for U.S. president.
Clinton received 1,424 votes, almost double the 770 township Democrats who supported Bernie Sanders, the other Democratic candidate for U.S. president listed on the local ballot.
Republicans favored returning incumbent Leonard P. Lance to U.S. Congress to represent N.J. district 7, which includes Bernards Township, over challengers David Larsen and Craig P. Heard. Lance received 1,675 votes, compared with 1,009 for Larsen and 229 for Heard.
Democrat Peter Jacob, running unopposed for his party's nomination for U.S. Congress, received 1,693 unofficial votes from township Democrats.
In other races, Democrats favored Maria L. Rodriguez, with 1,254 votes, over Lisa A. Kazmeir (684 votes) as their party's choice for Somerset County Freeholder this fall.
Republican Somerset County Freeholder Patricia Walsh, unopposed, received 2,638 votes for reelection to her position on the Board of Freeholders.
There were also two Democratic candidates seeking the nomination for the party's candidate of choice for the position of Somerset County Sheriff. Candidate Darrin Russo received 1,249 votes, compared with 676 votes for candidate Alexander E. Clark.
Incumbent Republican Sheriff Frank Provenzano unopposed
In November, Russo will be on the ballot facing longtime Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano, listed alone as the county Republican party's choice for the position. Provenzano received 2,673 votes.