Polk’s presidential preference

Published 1:32 pm Thursday, March 5, 2020

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Biden, Trump take presidential primary in Polk 

POLK COUNTY—Polk County voters made their choices for state and federal races in the primary Tuesday with Joe Biden sealing the democrat presidential preference and Donald Trump sealing the republican presidential preference in both the county and the state. 

Biden won in Polk County with 1,063 votes, or 41.93 percent, followed by Bernie Sanders with 519 votes, or 20.47 percent, according to unofficial results from the Polk County Board of Elections. 

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Michael Bloomberg was next in Polk County with 297 votes, followed by Elizabeth Warren with 281 votes, according to unofficial results. 

Bloomberg has since withdrawn from the presidential race. 

Polk County republicans made their statement clear in support of President Trump, who received 2,156 votes, or 95.86 percent, compared to Joe Walsh with 34 votes, or 1.51 percent and Bill Weld with 31 votes, or 1.38 percent. There were 28 votes for “no preference” in the republican presidential primary. 

Other races included the U.S. Senate bid for republicans, with Polk County voters choosing Thom Tillis with 1,486 votes, or 68.26 percent. Another race was for the U.S. House of Representatives District 11 with Madison Cawthorn winning the republican ballot in Polk County with 657 votes, followed by Lynda Bennett with 406 Polk County votes, according to unofficial results. 

For North Carolina Governor, Polk County voters chose Dan Forest over Holly Grange for the republican bid by 1,996 votes compared to 196 votes respectively. 

For the democrats, Polk County voters chose Cal Cunningham for the U.S. Senate with 1,590 votes, or 67 percent. Erica Smith was the county’s second choice with 597 votes. 

Polk County voters who voted on the democrat ballot also chose Moe Davis for the U.S. House of Representatives District 11 with 924 votes. Gina Collias came in second with 668 votes, according to unofficial results. 

For North Carolina Governor, incumbent Roy Cooper was the clear winner in Polk County with 2,125 votes, or 88.69 percent over Ernest T. Reeves with 271 Polk County votes. 

Polk County voters voted the same as voters across the state, with Biden winning North Carolina for the democrat bid for president with a total of 568,578 (42.99 percent) votes over Sanders with 318,772 (24.1 percent) North Carolina votes. 

North Carolina voters also overwhelmingly chose Trump with 747,038 votes (93.52 percent) with No Preference chosen the next with 19,990 votes (2.5 percent).