King County favors Trump, Clinton in presidential primary

Thursday, May 26, 2016

By Evan Smith

King County voters are giving strong presidential-primary majorities to candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

In votes counted through Wednesday, Trump had 71 percent of Republican votes in King County to 16 percent for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, 10 percent for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and 3 percent for surgeon Ben Carson. Statewide totals showed Trump with 76 percent, Cruz and Kasich with 10 percent each, and Carson with 4 percent. With Trump holding majorities in all 10 Congressional districts, he is likely to win all of Washington's votes at the nominating convention.

Clinton led Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by an 58 percent to 42 percent margin in the county and 53 percent to 47 percent statewide. Democrats allocate national-presidential-nominating convention votes by the caucus system. Sanders won most of those votes.

Votes counted through Wednesday came from 28 percent of registered King County voters and 31 percent of statewide voters.

Turnout through Wednesday ranged from 26 percent in Adams County in Central Washington to 47 percent in Jefferson County on the Olympic Peninsula.

Counties will as announce updated returns Thursday afternoon and continue to count ballots through final certification of results June 7.

Evan Smith can be reached at


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