Shelby County voters mirror state in presidential race

By Patricia Ann Speelman - [email protected]

SIDNEY — Voters in Shelby County mirrored choices by others throughout the state when it came to selecting presidential candidates.

On the Republican side, Ohio Gov. John Kasich carried Shelby County, but by the slimmest of margins. He received just 37 votes more than area electors gave to Donald Trump. Kasich garnered 4,693 votes; Trump, 4,556. Sen. Ted Cruz captured 1,864 votes; Sen. Marco Rubio, who withdrew from the race Tuesday night following his loss in Florida, took 282 Shelby County nods.

Julie Ehemann, executive chairman of the Shelby County Republican Central Committee, said she wasn’t surprised at the outcome.

“The same situation that we’ve seen theoughout the country about how things are going is also seen in Shelby County,” she said, in commenting on the closeness of Kasich’s win. “People are angry with how things are going, and they’re looking for some real change. Trump appeals to those people.” She acknowledged that Kasich would have a chance if the nominating convention in July is a brokered one.

“We have a couple of months to shake things out. Ohio was a big deal for Kasich. It’s part of his plan,” Ehemann said.

Tom Kerrigan, Shelby County Democrat Central Committee and Executive Committee chairman, wasn’t surprised by his party’s voters, either. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton carried the state and the county. She got 1,284 votes here to Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 1,110. Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente took Shelby County 60 votes.

“I fully expected Hillary Clinton to win Ohio. A lot of younger voters are in Sanders’s camp. But anyone who is not a millenial, anyone a little older, would be for Hillary. She’s well on her way,” Kerrigan said. “But it’s going to be one wild summer and fall.”

By Patricia Ann Speelman

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Reach the writer at 937-5384824.

Reach the writer at 937-5384824.