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Low turnout for primary election

By Staff, 03/3/20 8:55 PM

PRESCOTT – Turnout was light for Tuesday’s preferential primary elections as roughly 20 percent of registered voters in Nevada County went to the polls.

This isn’t surprising as there were no contested races on the state or local level. The main contested race was for president. Overall, 1076 ballots were cast, with 587 being cast for Democratic candidates and 465 for Republican hopefuls. There were no votes for the Libertarian party and 17 for non-partisan races.

On the Democrat side for president, Julian Castro received three votes, with John Delaney getting four. Bernie Sanders received 90 votes, with Joe Biden pulling in the most at 299. Kamala Harris garnered three votes, Michael Bloomberg, 77, Steve Bullock, four, Mosie Boyd, one, Cory Booker, four, Elizabeth Warren, 34, Michael Bennet, one, Pete Buttigieg, six, Andrew Yang, one, Tom Steyer, 11, Tuldi Gabbard, seven, Marianne Williamson, seven, Amy Klobuchar, 26, and Joe Sestak, four.

There was no contest on the GOP side of the ballot as Donald Trump pulled in 459 votes compared to six for Bill Weld and one for Roque De La Fuente.

The only other contested races were for judicial positions. For State Supreme Court Position 5, Morgan Welch received 568 votes while Barbara Womack Webb pulled in 431.

For the Court of Appeals Associate Judge, district 5, Mark Klappenbach received 563 votes, to James McMenis’ 402.