February 14, 2008

Scotland County Voters Chose Clinton, Huckabee in 2008 Presidential Primary

Despite less than perfect weather conditions nearly 40-percent of the registered Scotland County voters made it out to the polls for the 2008 presidential primary held across Missouri on Tuesday, February 5th.

Scotland County votes followed statewide trends across the board except in one key area, the winners.

According to Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan’s unofficial results, approximately 37-percent of the state’s voters cast a ballot. As in Scotland County, Missouri voters as a whole picked Democratic ballots more frequently than Republican.

But that’s where the similarities end. Scotland County voters picked Mike Huckabee as their Republican candidate. The former Arkansas Governor received 42.7% of the Republican vote locally to top his fellow candidates. Statewide it was John McCain edging out Huckabee with 194,128 votes to Huckabee’s Missouri total of 185,587.

McCain received 29.8% of the vote in Scotland County with Mitt Romney finishing 3rd locally (21.7% of the vote), and statewide (29.3% of Missouri’s votes).

A total of 596 Democratic ballots were recorded in Scotland County, compared to 433 Republican and eight Libertarian.

Hillary Clinton was the winner in Scotland County with 54 percent of the vote compared to 36.4 percent for Barack Obama. John Edwards, who had pulled out of the race prior to Super Tuesday, still got 7.4% of the vote.

Statewide, Missouri Democrats chose Obama on the most ballots. The Illinois Senator earned 405,473 votes or 49.2% of his party’s Missouri total. Clinton took home 395,008 votes to make up 48.0%.

Thirty-six percent of Missouri’s registered voters participated in the election, as more than 1.4 million voters cast ballots in the Presidential Primary, based on unofficial county results. The 2008 Presidential Primary set records for turnout surpassing 2004 totals by approximately 870,000 votes and 2000 totals by nearly 670,000 votes.

“Missouri voters captured the attention of the nation last night as we came out in record-setting numbers,” said Carnahan. “Elections in Missouri always keep us on the edge of our seats until the very end – and yesterday was no exception. As Missouri’s chief elections official, I’m inspired by the overwhelming excitement evident by Missouri’s historic voter turnout.”

Thanks to the hard work of Missouri’s 116 local election officials, the voting process overall went very smoothly across the state.

The Missouri Presidential Preference Primary results will be certified no later than four weeks from Election Day. Delegates for each party’s presidential nomination are determined by the state parties.

Missouri’s Primary election is then on August 5, 2008 and the general election will be held on November 4, 2008.

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