Darlington County turns out for Trump
With a total of 3347 votes in the Feb. 20 South Carolina Republican Primary, presidential candidate Donald Trump was the clear choice of Darlington County voters, besting his nearest rival – Ted Cruz – by a decisive margin.
Cruz received 2591 local votes, and Marco Rubio finished third with 1387 votes.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who dropped out of the race after a disappointing finish in South Carolina, received 693 votes.
Rounding out the pack, Dr. Ben Carson got 523 votes, and Ohio Governor John Kasich received 328 votes.
Overall voter turnout was lighter than expected, with Darlington County voters casting a total of 8938 ballots.
Statewide results varied a bit, with Trump winning overall, Rubio placing second, and Cruz pulling up third.
The South Carolina Democratic Primary, where former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton squares off against Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, is set for Feb. 27, with polls open across the county from 7 am until 7 pm.