Webster GOP voters buck state trend; Dems follow state lead

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Louisiana marked more victories for Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton during the Louisiana primary Saturday.

 Deputy Clerks Sherry Rice and Nena Nelson take the precinct 22 package from Shree Warren at the Webster Parish Clerk of Courts office Saturday following the Louisiana Primary. Bruce Franklin/Press-Herald
Deputy Clerks Sherry Rice and Nena Nelson take the precinct 22 package from Shree Warren at the Webster Parish Clerk of Courts office Saturday following the Louisiana Primary. Bruce Franklin/Press-Herald

In Webster Parish, GOP voters bucked the state trend and went with Ted Cruz.

Out of the 2,866 votes cast in the Republican primary, 1,315, or 45.88 percent, went to Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Billionaire businessman Trump trailed close behind with less than 200 votes. Trump took in 1,131 votes or 39.46 percent, with the remaining votes going to the other candidates.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio came in a distant third place with 205 votes, or 7.15 percent.

Despite Cruz winning Webster Parish, Trump clinched the state by garnering 124,818 votes to Cruz’s 113,949. Rubio took in 33,804 votes across the state.

Trump secured 47 delegates with Louisiana’s win and remains in the lead just ahead of Cruz.

On the Democratic side, 2,510 votes were cast in the primary. Clinton led in Webster with 1,878 votes, or 74.82 percent, while Clinton’s main rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders took 436 votes, or 17.37 percent. The remaining votes went to a handful of lesser-known candidates.

Statewide, Clinton led with 221,615 votes to Sander’s 72,240.

Clinton’s Louisiana win secured her 58 Democratic delegates and which only widened the margin between Sanders.

In local races, Terika “Reek” Williams was elected to the Webster Parish Democratic Executive Committee.

Williams took in 168 votes over Oreata Banks’ 106 votes.

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