Initial numbers from Tuesday’s election show Hillary Clinton edging Bernie Sanders 53.63% to 46.27% statewide for the Democratic nomination. Mason County numbers are a bit closer with Clinton getting 51.65% (3,197 votes) to Sanders’ 48.09% (2,977 votes). There were also 18 write-ins which accounted for the 0.26% difference.
On the Republican side, Donald Trump has just over 76% of the vote statewide (76.22%). Ted Cruz is a distant second with 10.12% followed by John Kasich as 9.85% and then Ben Carson with 3.81%. Nearly 80% of Mason County Republicans voted for Trump (78.58% or 4,629 votes), 9.34% (550 votes) voted for Cruz,7.11% (419 votes) for Kasich, and 3.29% (194 votes) voted for Carson. There were 99 write-ins from Mason County Republicans accounting for 1.88% of vote.
As of 8 PM Tuesday, 12,094 ballots were counted by election officials in the Mason County Auditor’s Office which makes the turnout just over 33% (33.19%). More ballots will be counted Wednesday with as many as a thousand or so more ballots expected to come in over the next few days.