Connecticut Primary continues to help leading candidates


Many seniors joined the world of adulthood yesterday morning when they filed into Coleytown Middle School, Long Lots, Saugatuck and Greens Farms Elementary Schools as well as the Westport Library to vote in the 2016 Connecticut Presidential Primary.

Tuesday, April 26 was the Connecticut Primary for the 2016 election, where any registered Democrat or Republican who would be 18 by the general election could vote between the five candidates left in the running. Voting ended at 8 p.m., and Donald Trump was declared the Republican winner, gaining 58 percent of votes according to The New York Times. Hillary Clinton was named the Democratic winner.

“I am not surprised Trump won since it seems to be a common theme in the country and throughout our school as well,” Sydney Carson ’18 said.

Republican party runner-up, John Kasich, finished with half the number of votes of winner Trump.

Kasich won six towns out of 168 towns according to The Associated Press, including Westport. Ted Cruz came in third with almost 12 percent of votes. Both Kasich and Cruz have not been awarded any delegates.  

While the Democratic candidates were only 0.1 percent apart at the end of voting period, with Bernie Sanders leading Clinton 49.2 percent to 49.1, as of 10 p.m. Sanders was winning by two points, with 23 towns still not accounted for. By 10:30 p.m., though, Clinton was the one up by two points. The results continued to fluctuate until the winner was announced at 10:34 p.m.

I thought it would be close between Hillary and Bernie but that ultimately Hillary would win,” Colin McKechnie ’17 said.

Clinton took Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware, but lost Rhode Island to Sanders. Trump won all five Tuesday primaries, which included Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Delaware.

The next primary is on Tuesday, May 3 in Indiana.