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Summit County voters like Sanders, Cruz

Kamas resident Doug Pittelko casts his vote in the Presidential Preference Poll at Tuesday night's Democratic caucus at South Summit Middle School while his son Taylan checks out the crowd. Photo by Nan Chalat Noaker/Park Record
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Summit County Democrats turned out in force on Tuesday night to support Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. He received more than twice as many votes as Hillary Clinton. On the Republican side, county voters picked Ted Cruz by a wide margin over Donald Trump and John Kasich.

The local poll tally falls mostly in line with the rest of Utah where Sanders earned 79.7 percent of the votes and Cruz received 69.2 percent. As a result, Sanders qualified to send 18 delegates to the National Democratic convention and Clinton will send seven.

Because he wrapped up more than 50 percent of Tuesday’s vote, Cruz qualified to claim all 40 of Utah’s Republican delegates. He received 69.2 percent of the vote compared to Trump’s 14 percent and Kasich’s 16.9 percent.

Local caucus organizers reported record-breaking turnout across the county. At Ecker Hill Junior High School, some voters from Park City and the Snyderville Basin waited for nearly an hour while additional ballots were printed.

According to Summit County Democratic Party chair Glenn Wright, caucus attendance was four to five times greater than in previous years. And in South Summit, Republican Party caucus host Scott Simons said volunteers saw a big leap participation from newly registered young voters and "crossovers" from the Democratic and Independent parties.

Summit County Presidential Poll Results (Unofficial)

Democratic Party

  • Bernie Sanders – 1,645
  • Hillary Clinton – 751
  • Republican Party

  • Ted Cruz – 672
  • Donald Trump – 459
  • John Kasich – 411

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