Fairfield primary: Clinton, Trump top local ballots
Updated 6:16 am, Wednesday, April 27, 2016
FAIRFIELD — Fairfield voters in Tuesday’s presidential primaries added to victory margins of the statewide winners in the Democratic and Republican contests, with Hillary Clinton soundly beating Bernie Sanders in local Democrats’ balloting and Donald Trump tallying a narrower win over John Kasich in the local GOP race.
Clinton rolled up a substantial margin of victory over Sanders in Fairfield, tallying 3,505 votes to 2,358 for Sanders. A third candidate on the Democratic primary ballot, Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, tallied only 11 votes, while voters favoring “uncommitted” delegates to the Democratic National Convention cast 37 votes.
The local Democratic primary results provided Clinton, a former secretary of state and New York senator who now calls nearby Westchester County as home, a more decisive victory than her statewide margin, where she edged the Vermont senator by about 17,000 votes — with 167,763 votes, or 52 percent, to his 152,895 votes, 47 percent.
In addition to her Connecticut victory, Clinton won three of the four other primaries in Northeastern states — Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware — losing only Rhode Island to Sanders.
In the Republican contest statewide, New York billionaire Trump crushed his two remaining active rival for the GOP presidential nomination, rolling up 58 percent, or 122,519 votes, with Kasich finishing a distant second with 28 percent, or 60,447 votes, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz winning 24,779, 12 percent. Physician Ben Carson, who remained on the ballot despite suspending his campaign, tallied 1,726, while 2,719 GOP voters cast their ballots for "uncommitted."
Fairfield Republicans, however, gave Trump a narrower win, with 2,597 votes to 2,183 for Kasich, the Ohio governor who had staged a rally in town at Sacred Heart University earlier in the month. Cruz was far behind with 472 votes, and 27 votes were recorded for Carson. Local GOP voters cast 82 ballots for “uncommitted.”