Reaction to Trump and Clinton wins in Wilton
Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump were the choices of Wilton voters in Tuesday’s presidential primary. Official vote totals are as follows.
- Ted Cruz — 184 (8.72%)
- Ben Carson — 7 (0.33%)
- Donald J. Trump — 957 (45.38%)
- John R. Kasich — 930 (44.10%)
- Uncommitted — 31 (1.47%)
- Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente — 2 (0.11%)
- Hillary Clinton — 1,216 (65.41%)
- Bernie Sanders — 626 (33.67%)
- Uncommitted — 15 (0.81%)
There were 7,452 eligible voters in Wilton.
Of 3,226 registered Democrats, 1,859 cast ballots for a turnout of 58%.
Of 4,226 Republicans, 2,109 voted, for a turnout of 50%.
“I was pleased to see the Democratic turnout in Wilton at 58%, which exceeded the Republicans,” Wilton Democratic Town Committee Chair Deborah McFadden told The Bulletin Wednesday morning.
“The Wilton Democratic Town Committee did not take a position on the Clinton/Sanders race. We strongly encouraged Democrats to participate in the process, and are very pleased with the results of our voter turnout,” she said. “We’re looking forward to the final results of the National Democratic Convention, when we can actively support our party candidate and unite as a party.”.
“This is clearly the year of the outsider,” Wilton Republican Town Committee Chair Al Alper told The Bulletin. “In fact, I think it is a continuation of 2008.”
“If you look back, in 2008, an outsider swept through the primary season and was elected to the presidency, and clearly has failed in his execution of promises he made, which is why, again, the voters went to the ballot box in 2010 and got rid of his Congress, and then gave an even bigger mandate in 2012 by electing more Republicans still.
“This year, the base is going toward an outsider on the Republican side — in the way of Donald Trump. In my opinion, the people have spoken, and the party should get out of the way and let the people do what the people want to do. The Republican voter is what empowers the Republican party, and we have to be willing to let them be heard,” Alper said.
“I was pleased with the turnout. It shows an enthusiasm for the process, whether that turnout was driven by candidates on our side, or opposing candidates on their side,” he said.
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) issued a statement on Tuesday night.
"After today’s Connecticut primary, it appears that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has won both the statewide vote and the the majority of votes in the 4th Congressional District,” Himes said.
"From my experience working with her in the past, I know Secretary Clinton is an extremely capable leader and the most qualified candidate. With her leading our country as the next President of the United States, we will continue the progress we've made under President Obama, making our economy and our government work for all Americans,” Himes said.
"I congratulate Senator Sanders on his strong campaign in Connecticut and across the country. His commitment to justice and equality have struck a chord with Americans and his candidacy has made the Democratic party, and our nation, stronger,” he said.
Unofficial statewide results pulled from the secretary of the state’s website at 4:30 p.m. April 27 follow here.
- Ted Cruz — 22,553 (11.69%)
- Ben Carson — 1,563 (0.81%)
- Donald J. Trump — 112,258 (58.23%)
- John R. Kasich — 54,057 (28.04%)
- Uncommitted — 2,364 (1.23%)
- Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente — 882 (0.30%)
- Hillary Clinton — 152,559 (51.48%)
- Bernie Sanders — 138,438 (46.71%)
- Uncommitted — 4,481 (1.51%)
There are 623,427 registered voters in Connecticut.
Of the 363,947 registered Democrats, 161,291 voted for a turnout of 44.32%.
Out of 259,480 Republicans, 126,038 voted for a turnout of 48.57%.
"Uncommitted" votes send uncommitted Connecticut delegates to a party's convention.