It took a few days but the final results of Tuesday’s primary have been tallied by the Office of the Secretary of the State.
That means we can start looking into what the results show, including the Republican results.
Hillary Clinton garnered more primary votes than Bernie Sanders, but he won in 116 towns, outnumbering Clinton’s 53.
Let’s split up the towns by type (urban, rural, and mixed) and see how each group of towns tended to voted.
Sanders had more support in rural areas and the suburbs.
However, Clinton edged out Sanders with support in more populous areas and urban cities.
That made the biggest difference in the outcome.
Before we go on, let’s take a moment to put the primaries in perspective.
The number of residents who participated in Connecticut’s presidential primary was tiny compared to the state’s population.
As of Friday afternoon, it appears that about 15 percent of state residents helped choose who will face off during the general election in November.
Specific to the 2.6 million in the state who are allowed to vote (excluding those under 18, felons, and others) then about 21 percent of the eligible voters participated in Connecticut’s primaries.
Officials are still tallying the results but 2016 might be one of the highest turnouts for primaries in recent history.
Looking at the margins
Clinton beat Sanders by just two votes in Killingworth and Newington. Sanders was just three votes behind in Sharon.
Bloomfield, Westport, and Weston gave Clinton her biggest winning margins – with ratios of about 3 to 1.
|Darien||69.2 %||30.2 %||39|
|Hartford||69.4 %||29.5 %||39.9|
|Weston||69.8 %||29.6 %||40.2|
|Westport||70.3 %||28.7 %||41.6|
|Bloomfield||74.6 %||24.9 %||49.7|
Sanders did well in Voluntown, Sterling and Canaan, where he ran up margins of about 40 percentage points.
|Voluntown||25.2 %||68.8 %||-43.6|
|Sterling||28.9 %||68.9 %||-40|
|Canaan||29.7 %||69.2 %||-39.5|
|Union||30.1 %||67.5 %||-37.4|
|Hartland||30.7 %||68.1 %||-37.4|
2008 versus 2016
The majority of towns that voted for Clinton this week voted for Barack Obama eight years ago. Bloomfield and Hartford were among the biggest changes. Bloomfield jumped from 27 percent for Clinton in 2008 to 75 percent in 2016.
In Hartford, nearly 70 percent of the city voted for Clinton — double the percentage that supported her 2008.
In 2016, Clinton picked up 37 of the 89 towns that Obama won in 2008.
Sanders won the majority with 52.
In 2008, Clinton beat Obama in 79 towns. But eight years later she lost 63 of those towns.
In 2016, she only won 16 of the towns while Sanders walked away with 63.
But that didn’t make enough of a difference because Clinton still won the towns with larger populations.