Douglas County is Joe Biden territory among Democratic voters.
The former vice president was the clear-cut choice in Douglas County’s Super Tuesday presidential primary, capturing nearly 53 percent of the Democratic vote. Biden won by a 3 to 1 ratio over second-place finisher, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders from Vermont.
With all of Douglas County's 37 precincts reporting, here are the unofficial results:
Joe Biden – 52.93% (1,445 votes)
Bernie Sanders – 17.14% (468 votes)
Mike Bloomberg – 12.45% (340 votes)
Elizabeth Warren – 8.97% (245 votes)
Amy Klobuchar – 6.41% (175 votes). She withdrew from the race Monday and endorsed Biden.
Pete Buttigieg – 0.81% (22 votes)
All other candidates had less than 1 percent.
Biden carried all but two of Douglas County’s 37 precincts and that happened in precincts with just a smattering of votes: Evansville Township favored Bloomberg, giving him six votes to Biden’s four votes; and Spruce Hill Township gave Sanders three votes, Warren two and Biden one.
In other precincts Biden won handily. In LaGrand Township, for instance, Biden received 228 votes and his next closest competitor was Sanders with 53.
President Donald Trump, meanwhile, also had a super Tuesday, collecting 1,210 votes of 98.37% of the Republican total in Douglas County. A write-in option received 20 votes or 1.63%.
A total of 3,965 Democrat and Republican ballots were returned out of 25,204 voters who registered, which translates to a voter turnout of 16 percent. Absentee or “early voting” was a popular option – 413 ballots were accepted.
The presidential primary was Minnesota’s first since 1992.
Vicki Doehling, Douglas County elections administrator, was pleased with the turnout and how things went.
“Overall, the presidential nomination primary went well, aside from a few complaints mostly involving the legislative requirement to choose a political party prior to receiving a presidential primary ballot,” she said. “Despite that legislative requirement, voter turnout in Douglas County came in around 8% higher than the state primary held in Douglas County during the last presidential election year.”
The unofficial award for highest voter turnout in the county goes to the city of Forada with a turnout of 19.66 percent, followed closely by Alexandria Ward 1, Precinct 2 with a turnout of 19.22 percent.
Douglas County’s results pretty much mirrored the statewide trend, although the race was tighter at the state level.
With all 87 counties reporting, Biden carried Minnesota with 38.61% of the vote, followed by Sanders with 29.89% and Warren, who finished third with 15.41%, nearly double the percentage of votes she received in Douglas County.
Bloomberg, who dropped out of the race Wednesday, finished fifth with 8.34% of the statewide vote. Klobuchar, who pulled out of the race on Monday, was next with 5.57%, followed by Pete Buttigieg with 1.02%. Buttigieg ended his bid for office on Sunday.
All the other contenders polled less than 1% of the vote.
At stake for the primary were Minnesota’s 75 delegates. Here’s how the delegate count breaks down based on the final results – Biden with 38 delegates, Sanders with 27 and Warren with 10.
As expected, Trump rolled to an easy victory. He picked up 97.65% of the Republican vote in Minnesota and write-ins accounted for the rest of the total.