By Phyllis A. Muzeroll
CLAREMONT, NH–Generally, elections in Claremont register a pretty dismal turnout. That, however, was not the case Tuesday when 64% of registered votes went to the polls to cast votes. City Clerk Gwen Melcher told the e-Ticker News that the only other election in recent memory to draw a large turnout was the general election in 2012, when around 80% of registered voters cast ballots.
On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders trounced Hillary Clinton, 1,538 to 614. There were 84 write-in votes on the Democratic ballot. In all, there were 28 candidates; Martin O’Malley earned 9 votes; most of the remaining names were unfamiliar to voters.
On the Republican side, Donald Trump won 739 votes, taking first place in Claremont. Jeb Bush won 220; Ben Carson, 44; Chris Christie, 78; Ted Cruz, 204; Carly Fiorina, 54; John Kasich, 248; and Marco Rubio, 250. Rick Santorum got one vote, as did Jim Gilmore and a couple of other unfamiliar names amongst the 30 candidates. There were 61 write-in votes on the Republican ballot.
There were 477 same day registrations at the polls with a total of 4,199 ballots cast.
The Claremont School District vote is set for Tuesday, March 8. Time will tell if voters come out to cast ballots in this important local election.
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