February 16, 2012
Scotland County Voters Back Santorum in Presidential Primary
Those Scotland County voters who bothered to go to the polls during Tuesday's presidential preference primary election, followed the statewide trend for candidate choices.
The bulk of those casting votes selected Republican tickets, both in Scotland County and statewide. In Scotland County, Rick Santorum topped the full list of candidates, earning 130 of the 277 Republican votes, or 57.27%. The former U.S. Senator easily outdistanced Mitt Romney, who was second with 47 votes, or just over 20% of the total. Ron Paul was third with 30 votes followed by 10 votes as uncommitted. Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain, candidates who have all officially ended their candidacies, earned 3, 3 and 2 votes respectively with Gary Johnson and Keith Drummond each receiving one vote.
Statewide, Santorum garnered 138,988 votes, or 55.2 percent of the total. Romney was a distant second with 63,852 votes followed by Paul with 30,645. A total of 9,859 voters remained uncommitted. Perry received 2,463 votes followed by Cain with 2,314, Bachman with 1,690 and Jon Huntsman with 1,045 votes.
President Barack Obama was named on 56 of the 70 Democrat ballots cast in Scotland County. Local voters also cast three votes for Randall Terry and one for John Wolfe, while 10 voters were uncommitted.
Across Missouri, 64,388 votes were cast for Obama in the primary, which was 88.3% of the Democrats total. Uncommitted ballots accounted for 4,588 votes. Terry was tabbed 2,017 times followed by Wolfe with 1,021 and Darcy G. Richardson with 892 votes.
Statewide there were 964 ballots cast with James Ogle, III winning 508 votes, including one from Scotland County. The remainder were cast as uncommitted.
A total of 475 ballots (none in Scotland County) were cast as uncommitted for the Constitution Party.
Scotland County witnessed a 9.53% voter turnout with 298 of the 3,128 registered voters taking part in the primary. Statewide, voter turnout was just 7.98%. Barry County was tops in Missouri with 24.13% voter turnout while New Madrid County was worst with 3.27% voter turnout according to unofficial numbers released by the Missouri Secretary of State's Office.