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Bernie takes McCreary but Clinton holds Kentucky

Over 12,000 registered McCreary County voters headed to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in the 2016 Primary Election, a turnout of over 11 percent.

With only 4 total races on the ballot, turnout was not expected to be strong, but the battle between the two Democrat contenders for the Presidential nomination proved to be a drawing force.

McCreary County saw 1,256 voters, or 11.3 percent of registered voters cast their ballots, and Kentucky as a whole voted over 20 percent.

Presidential nominee hopeful Bernie Sanders put up a strong fight against front-runner Hillary Clinton in the bid to earn the Democrat’s support in this summer’s convention.

In McCreary Sanders was the clear winner, pulling 50.37 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 41.94 percent, but the former First Lady edged out her challenger in state-wide totals.

Clinton pulled 46.76 percent of the vote to Sanders’ 46.33 percent, beating her opponent by less than 2,000 votes overall.

In the only other race for Democrats locally, Jim Gray handily won over 63 percent of the vote locally and 58 percent in the state to clinch a spot on the November ballot to challenge Rand Paul for the United States Senate seat.

On the Republican side Paul easily held off two challengers to continue on to the fall race; netting nearly 80 percent of the vote in McCreary County and almost 88 percent total.

Paul and Gray will square off in the November General Election.

U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers also took home an easy win against his lone opponent in the Primary.

Roger pulled in 81.4 percent in McCreary County and 82.4 percent in the 5th Congressional District to defeat John Burk, Jr.

Rogers will not have a Democrat opponent in the fall election, so unless a write-in or Independent challenger files with the Secretary of State Office, he will retain his seat unopposed and not appear on the ballot this coming November.

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