Idaho County reported a 37.5 percent voter turnout in the March 10 presidential primary election.
Official results from the Idaho County Elections Office report 3,791 ballots were cast out of a total 10,108 registered voters. A total 173 voters registered on election day. A total 558 absentee votes were cast.
High turnout in the 70s range was reported in the Big Butte*, Joseph* and Lowell* precincts, with those falling in the 60s range in Slate Creek 1* and Woodland. Lowest turnouts, in the 19 percent range, were reported in the Elk City and Grangeville 5 precincts, and the 20s range were in Clearwater, Cottonwood 1-2, Ferdinand, Grangeville 1-4, Harpster, Kooskia, Pollock, Riggins and Stites precincts. (* denotes mail-out ballot only precincts.)
For Republican, the county overwhelmingly favored – by 96 percent of GOP votes cast -- incumbent Donald J. Trump with 2,822 votes, followed in a distant second by Joe Walsh with 47. Other results as follows: Bill Weld, 29; Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, 19; Bob Ely, 10; and Matthew John Matern, 8.
For Democrat, 57 percent of voters chose Joseph R. Biden with 407, followed by Bernie Sanders with 210 (30 percent). Other results as follows: Elizabeth Warren, 24; Michael R. Bloomberg, 20; Pete Buttigieg, 14; Amy Klobuchar, 13; Tulsi Gabbard, 8; Andrew Yang, 4; Michael Bennett, Roque De La Fuente, John K. Delaney and Tom Steyer, 2; Steve Burke and Marianne Williamson, 1; and Cory Booker, Julian Castro and Deval Patrick, zero.
For Constitution, county voters chose Don Blankenship, 10 (receiving 45 percent of the vote); followed by Don J. Grundman, 4; Daniel Clyde Cummings, 3; J.R. Myers and Sheila “Samm” Tittle, 2; and Charles Kraut, 1.
Upcoming Dist. 7 legislative races for May 19 primary
With this first election out of the way, voters next look toward the May 19 primary. Within the District 7 legislative races, the following candidates are up:
Senator – Incumbent Carl Crabtree (R) of Grangeville is running unopposed
House 7A – Incumbent Priscilla Giddings of White Bird faces Republican challenger, Dennis Harper of Orofino.
House 7B – Republican newcomers facing off for the seat are Cornel Rasor of Sandpoint, and Charlie Shepherd of Pollock. Charlie is the son of eight-term incumbent Dist. 7B Legislator Paul Shepherd, who decided not to seek re-election.