Vermont voters overwhelmingly supported U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) and entrepreneur Donald Trump in Tuesday's presidential primaries, and Bennington County was no exception.
And the local voter turnout was similar to numbers seen statewide — although fewer than 50 percent of registered voters cast ballots.
Of the county's 24,097 registered voters, 10,503 cast ballots in the Democratic and Republican primaries for a total voter turnout of about 43 percent, according to unofficial election data from the Vermont Secretary of State.
The 5,651 votes for Sanders made up 81 percent of the 6,928 total votes cast locally in the Democratic primary, and 53 percent of the total votes cast in Bennington County's 16 incorporated towns. Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took 1,255 votes, or 18 percent of the party vote and 12 percent of the total vote.
Donald Trump, the New York businessman who has gained a fierce following nationwide in recent months, received 1,408 votes from local voters. With 3,437 county voters taking part in the Republican primary, Trump earned 41 percent of the party vote and 13 percent of the total vote.
Trailing behind Trump with 728 votes was Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich, who took 21 percent of the party vote and 7 percent of the total vote.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) received 624 votes, roughly 18 percent of the party vote and 6 percent of the local vote. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) followed with 405 votes, or just under 12 percent of the party vote and roughly 4 percent of the total vote.
Other candidates on the Republican ballot, most of whom have suspended their presidential campaigns, each took less than 10 percent of the total vote.
Statewide, 197,012 of Vermont's 442,432 voters, or roughly 44 percent, cast ballots in the Democratic and Republican primaries.
In Bennington County, turnout among the 16 incorporated towns ranged from the low 40s to mid and upper 50 percents.
Bennington, the county's biggest town by population and number of voters, saw the forth lowest turnout. Of 8,409 registered voters, 3,607 (43 percent) cast ballots.
Bennington was also the town with the third-highest number of votes for Sanders — the candidate took 58 percent of the total vote and 81 percent of the party vote.
With 1,255 votes, Clinton took 18 percent of the party vote and 11 percent of all votes.
The towns with the highest voter turnout were also among the smallest. Of Searsburg's 74 registered voters, 44 cast ballots for a turnout of 59 percent. Trump took the most votes (15) and he was followed by Sanders (14).
In neighboring Woodford, Sanders took more of the vote than any other candidate. Of 254 registered voters, 123 cast ballots, with 76 (or 68 percent of the total vote) going to Sanders.
Outside of Searsburg, Trump saw the most support in Readsboro, where he received 22 percent of the total vote, Sandgate and Stamford (19 percent), and Pownal (18 percent).
Pownal saw the lowest turnout in the county, with only 888 of 2,350 registered voters, or about 38 percent, taking part in the primaries.
Among other towns' turnouts were: Arlington, 43 percent; Manchester, 40 percent; Shaftsbury, 45 percent; Stamford, 49 percent.
Contact Edward Damon at 413-770-6979