By TAYLOR HARTZ
Just over one-half of eligible voters in Southington took part in the presidential primary elections on April 26.
A total of 50.5 percent of voters in town made their way to the polls last Tuesday, ultimately favoring U.S. Senator for Vermont Bernie Sanders (D) as the Democratic candidate, and Donald Trump as the Republican candidate.
Out of 7,736 eligible Democrats in town, 2,526 (46 percent) voted in the primary. The GOP had a higher turnout, with 3,541 (55 percent) of the 6,431 eligible voters.
Sanders earned a total of 1,763 Southington votes with Hillary Clinton (D) coming in close behind for the Democratic slot with 1,651 votes.
On the GOP ticket, Trump took a huge lead with 2,241 votes. Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) placed second with 821 votes, followed by U.S. Senator for Texas Ted Cruz (R) with 429 votes.
Ben Carson earned 27 votes, and 23 Republicans voted uncommitted.
Overall, Connecticut voters supported Trump, with 57.9 percent of votes across the state. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won her party’s primary with 51.8 percent of votes, according to the Associated Press.
The next general election in Southington is for federal and state offices on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Contests will include President of the United States, U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate along with state assembly and senate races.