Elections

Sanders, Trump take Centre County

Though the major news organizations were early to call the state of Pennsylvania for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, the majority of Democratic voters in Centre County felt the “bern.”

With all Centre County’s 91 precincts reporting, Bernie Sanders led Clinton by 10,269 to 8,431. Sanders, however, did not take the state as a whole, as The Associated Press reported Clinton took more than 55 percent of Pennsylvania.

“The way we do delegates for the Democratic party, the real key member will be the 5th Congressional District vote,” said Centre County Democratic Party Chairman Greg Stewart. “It’s a proportional vote, so if Bernie wins 52 percent of the vote, he would get three delegates and Hillary would get two.”

“Three male delegates and two female delegates will get selected from the 5th District,” he said. “We’re not going to know who the delegates are until the votes are certified.”

Trump swept all five states in Tuesday’s primary, taking about 57 percent of Pennsylvania’s Republican votes, according to the AP. Trump dominated in Centre County as well, netting 10,016 votes to Cruz’s and Kasich’s 5,195 and 4,557 respectively.

Centre County Republican Chairman Steve Miller said he was out monitoring the turnout at some of the precincts, saying, “We had a higher turnout than in years past because for once in a long period of time, the commonwealth actually matters in the delegate race.”

Voters were asked on the ballot to vote for three delegates on the Republican ticket, with Joyce Haas, Arnold McClure and James Klein earning the three highest vote totals. Haas and McClure have stated they would support the candidate who won the district, while Klein said he would be supporting Trump at this year’s national convention.

All county vote counts were provided by the Centre County Elections and Voter Registration office. All election results remain unofficial until certified by the Board of Elections.

The Democratic nominee needs 2,383 delegates in order to win the nomination for the party. According to current counts, Clinton sits at 1,946, while Sanders holds 1,192; 1,627 delegates have not yet been allocated.

The Republican nominee needs 1,237 delegates in order to win the nomination for the party. According to current counts, Donald Trump holds 845, Ted Cruz holds 559 and John Kasich remains in the race with 148; 733 delegates have not yet been allocated.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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