John Kasich found a sweep Tuesday in his home state of Ohio, out-performing both presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton at the polls.
The governor garnered 953,846 ballots (46.8 percent) in his party’s Ohio primary though he fell far behind in the key battleground states of Florida and North Carolina. He also tanked in Illinois and Missouri.
Trump was next in line on the night with 726,769 votes — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz barely managed to capture a quarter of that support.
And Florida Sen. Marco Rubio couldn’t even take his own state, losing to Trump by 440,000 votes. He tearfully bowed out of the race.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, fended off Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders by a modest margin in Ohio balloting.
She took the primary nod with 676,597 ballots (56.5 percent) to Sanders’ 511,903 in the two-way Democratic primary battle.
Sanders, who won Michigan the prior week, also found defeat in Florida, North Carolina, Illinois, or Missouri.
That’s the big picture, but here’s a small question that matters: How did Wellington vote?
Historically, the village has leaned to the right politically in presidential election years. For instance, President Barack Obama, a Democrat, found just 234 Wellington votes during his 2012 reelection bid.
So it was no surprise that the town’s Republican primary turnout exceeded the left’s Tuesday: Kasich took 589 Wellington votes, edging Trump’s 428.
Cruz nabbed just 191 ballots here while Rubio limped in with 33.
On the Democratic side, Clinton picked up 220 Wellington votes and Sanders trailed with 186.
Roque De La Fuente, a California real estate tycoon whose jump into the presidential race was largely couched as a protest of Trump, found only two votes.
The presidential election wasn’t the only one of national significance in town.
Incumbent Bob Gibbs of Lakeville found support in the Republican race for the 7th Congressional District, besting opponent Terry Robertson 327-180.
Incumbent Rob Portman was the village’s choice in the Republican U.S. Senate primary. He garnered 436 votes to challenger Don Elijah Eckhart’s 115.
Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.
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