• Woodford Sun Staff Report

Sanders wins Woodford, Clinton takes state

Bernie Sanders won a narrow 56-vote victory over Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in Tuesday's primary election in Woodford County, but the former first lady managed a razor-thin win of fewer than 2,000 votes over Sanders in statewide polling. In Woodford, Sanders won 1,918 votes to 1,862 for Clinton. Rounding out the local voting in the race for the Democratic nomination, the next-highest vote-getter was "Uncommitted," followed by Martin O'Malley with 46 votes and Roque Rocky De La Fuente with 10. Statewide, Clinton collected 212,550 votes while Sanders took in 210,626. "Uncommitted" votes totaled 24,101, 5,703 votes were cast for O'Malley and 1,593 votes for De La Fuente. In the Woodford County race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator, incumbent Rand Paul tallied 1,131 votes, easily defeating challengers James R. Gould, who garnered 95 votes, while Stephen Slaughter collected 77. That pattern repeated itself statewide, with Paul receiving 169,180 votes to 16,611 for Gould and 13,728 for Slaughter. Woodford County Democrats agreed with their counterparts across the state in the race for the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator, supporting Lexington Mayor Jim Gray in large numbers. Locally, Gray received 3,211 votes, while challengers Selius Wilder (368 votes), Ron Leach (95), Grant Short (87), Jeff Kender (62), Rory Houlihan (47), and Tom Recktenwald (37) trailed the field. Statewide, Gray received 240,613 votes to 13,585 for Houlihan, 20,239 for Kender, 39,026 for Leach, 21,910 for Recktenwald, 21,558 for Short, and 52,728 for Wilder. In the contest for the Republican nominee for U.S. Representative for the 6th Congressional District, incumbent Andy Barr easily beat challenger Roger Q. Brill both in Woodford County and statewide. Barr received 1,123 votes locally and 25,212 district-wide, while Brill collected 188 in Woodford and 4,608 across the district. Democrat Nancy Jo Kemper had no problem with challenger Geoffrey Young in the race for the Democratic nomination U.S. Representative for the 6th Congressional District, receiving 2,859 votes to 710 for Young in Woodford County. District-wide, Kemper collected 63,327 voters to 15,654 for Young. Candidate Michael Coblenz, though he withdrew from the race, received 162 votes in Woodford County. Those votes did not count and were not reflected in district-wide totals.

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