Elections

Cattaraugus County Dems Back Sanders; Trump Carries County

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Maria Welka, an Olean voter, said her skirt was a pillow case that she now wears every time she votes.
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In what was the highest presidential primary voter turnout that many Cattaraugus County poll workers could remember, local Republican voting patterns mirrored statewide numbers with business executive Donald Trump finishing far ahead of his GOP rivals on Tuesday.

On the Democratic side, however,  U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders captured 58 percent of the county's Democratic vote while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won 42 percent, according to Cattaraugus County Board of Elections figures.

This was the exact opposite of the overall results. Clinton won the New York race with 58 percent of the vote; Sanders had 42 percent.

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Sanders' Cattaraugus County delegates -- Emily Adams, Mathew Ashford, Molly Grover, Donald Bazley and Mary Thorp -- also defeated the Clinton delegates -- Barbara Lifton, Svante Myrick, Irene Stein, Shawn D. Hogan and Bushra Sheikh.

County Board of Elections figures showed Trump had 57 percent of Cattaraugus County’s Republican vote. Ohio Gov. John Kasich was second with 22 percent, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz had 20 percent.

Statewide, Trump toppled Kasich and Cruz with 60 percent of the vote. Kasich received 25 percent, and Cruz finished with 15 percent.  The AP named Trump the victor shortly after the polls closed at 9 p.m. 

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