Erie County voters joined many others in Ohio who voted in favor of Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.
Clinton earned more than 56 percent of the votes in Erie County, while Barack Obama earned about 41 percent. Despite the icy roads and winter conditions, about 46 percent of registered voters turned out for the primary.
In Ottawa County, Clinton received 5,841 votes, compared to 3,379 for Obama. In Sandusky County, 6,461 voters cast their vote for Clinton, while 4,400 chose Obama. Huron County showed 5,049 votes for Clinton and 2,966 for Obama.
Local Clinton supporter Mary Ann Groot said she hopes this victory will encourage Clinton.
“I hope that the race keeps going on,” she said. “... You kind of thought it was tilting one way, and all it takes is one good win and she’s back in the race.”
Evon Kademenos of Sandusky hosted a group of Obama supporters from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich., for several days. The group campaigned door-to-door for Obama.
“If you look at the polls a year ago, Clinton was leading Obama 25-30 percent depending on the polls. His ability to close (the gap) demonstrates what these kids have said all along, that his message is catching on,” said Kademenos.
One of the students, Tim Ramsay, said they are looking forward to the next primary.
“Our group is remaining very positive. We are proud of all our work and supporters here in Erie County,” he said. “We strongly feel that Barack Obama is the only candidate that can bring the change that we need in America. We are excited about Pennsylvania. Bring it on.”