Clinton swept 40 state legislative districts in Delaware primary, Trump 39

DOVER — Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s dominance was complete Tuesday in the Delaware presidential primary.

Not only did they win the Democratic and Republican primaries, respectively, they each garnered 60 percent.

Their popularity was consistent from Hockessin to Delmar, evidence of the strength of the campaigns of the two front-runners, who took further steps toward clinching their parties’ nominations Tuesday with wins in Delaware and elsewhere on the East Coast.

In the First State, former Secretary of State Clinton won the Democratic majority in 40 of 41 representative districts, while Mr. Trump claimed all but two districts.

The lone victory for Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont was the 13th District, which encompasses the Elsmere area. Sen. Sanders topped Secretary Clinton by three votes.

On the Republican side, the only districts Mr. Trump failed to win were the 3rd and 4th districts, which cover the Wilmington area. Ohio Gov. John Kasich claimed victories there.

He defeated Mr. Trump by one vote in the 4th District.

Rep. John “Larry” Mitchell, a Democrat, represents the 13th District. He said he was surprised to learn his district and his district alone saw Sen. Sanders receive more votes than Secretary Clinton and could not think of any obvious explanation.

The Newark area, which has the University of Delaware, would seem to be the most likely place to go for Sen. Sanders, but Secretary Clinton won those districts.

Statewide, Secretary Clinton drew 59.8 percent of the vote, while Sen. Sanders collected 39.2 percent.

Mr. Trump received about 60.8 percent, Gov. Kasich got 20.4 percent and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas earned 15.9 percent.

Democratic businessman Roque De La Fuente and three Republicans no longer in the race — retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — each received a fraction of the votes.

In total, 93,633 Democrats and 69,892 Republicans cast ballots, although percentage-wise, more GOP voters turned out.

In a clear indication of Mr. Trump’s impact, 38 percent of Republicans and 30 percent of Democrats voted. Those numbers are essentially flipped from the 2008 primary, the last time the White House was open.

Tuesday’s results gave Secretary Clinton 12 delegates, plus up to 10 superdelegates, while Sen. Sanders earned nine supporters. Mr. Trump collected all 16 Republican delegates for the state.

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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