Friday, February 8, 2008
Obama, Romney win in Carlisle primary
Carlisle voters preferred Illinois Senator Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in the presidential primary election held at Town Hall on Tuesday, February 5. New York Senator Hillary Clinton and Arizona Senator John McCain won overall in Massachusetts. Nationwide, the total delegate count predicted by the Associated Press on Wednesday showed Clinton and McCain leading, though both still need many more delegates to secure their party's nomination.
Carlisle chose Obama over Clinton by a margin of 818 to 629. Other Democratic candidates trailed far behind, with former North Carolina Senator John Edwards in third place with 17 votes. In Carlisle's Republican primary, Romney led with 377 votes, ahead of McCain, who received 328 votes. In third place was Texas U.S. Representative Ron Paul with 24 ballots, while former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee finished in fourth place with 17 votes. In Carlisle's Green — Rainbow primary one vote was cast for Ralph Nader, one for Paul and one ballot was marked for Clinton.
Peter Dulchinos and Sandra Martinez were chosen for the Republican State Commitee.Both ran unopposed. In the Democratic primary, voters chose Ronald Cordes and Janet Beyer for the State Committee. The local Green — Rainbow primary chose Daniel Melnechuk for state Committee Man and no candidate was listed for state Committee Woman.
All 21 candidates listed on the ballot for Democratic Town Committee were elected, as up to 35 are permitted. While there were no names printed on the ballot for the Republican Town Committee, 24 write-in candidates received at least the minimum of five votes required for election. (See table below.)
The early rain may have slowed Carlisle voters when polls opened at 6 a.m, but by the time polls closed at 8 p.m. 2,397, or about two thirds of the town's 3,640 registered voters had cast their ballots. While the majority of voters (2,084) are not enrolled with a political party, there are 916 registered Democrats, 623 Republicans, eight Libertarian, six Green — Rainbow, and three registered with the Socialist party.
Town Clerk Charlene Hinton said she plans to offer early polling again because it is appreciated by the small number of residents who may find it difficult to vote later in the day. Election Warden Eva Herndon was assisted by Deputy Warden Kerri Piette and over 50 volunteers who helped sign voters in during the day and counted votes for almost three hours after the polls closed.
Carlisle Primary Results, February 5, 2008
Presidential Preference: Romney - 377, McCain - 328, Paul - 24, Huckabee - 17, Guiliani - 3, Blank - 2, Clinton - 2, Thompson - 1, Tancredo - 1. Total: 755.
Town Committee (received at least 5 votes): Douglas Stevenson - 13, William Tice - 12, Alex Parker - 9, Adam Weikunas - 10, Judy Larson - 8, Carl Andreassen - 8,Gail Weikunas, Charles Parker, Gillian Parker, Jonathan Beakley, Allison Beakley, Phil Drew, James Bohn, Linda Lineback, Corey Lofdahl, Barbara Chappell, Violet Frizzel, Richard Allison, Joe Antognoni , Brigitte Senkler, Timothy Fohl, Thomas Kracz, Denise Kracz, (all received 7 votes), Richard Colman - 6.
State Commitee: Man: Peter Dulchinos - 476. Woman: Sandra Martinez - 472.
Presidential Preference: Obama - 818, Clinton - 629, Edwards - 17, Biden - 4, Kucinich - 4, Blank - 3, Richardson - 2, Gravel - 1, Huckabee - 1. Total: 1479.
Town Committee: John Ballantine - 165, Robert Wallhagen - 140, Susan Stamps - 126, Michael Fitzgerald - 112, Sally Coulter - 106, Seba Gaines - 99, Kathleen Coyle - 99, Daniel Scholten - 77, Robert Louma - 77, Nancy Garden - 76, Steven Pearlman - 48, J. Stewart Roberts - 47, Marlene Fine - 47, Kathleen Mayer - 46, M. Clare Brown - 45, Kenneth Deitch - 43, Jonathan Golden - 43, Roy Green - 37, Rita Maistrellis - 33, Bruce Comjean - 31, Laurie Aragon - 30.
State Commitee: Man: Ronald Cordes - 906. Woman: Janet Beyer - 953, Anne Kowal - 1.
Green - Rainbow
Presidential Preference: Ralph Nader -1, Ron Paul - 1, Hillary Clinton - 1. Total: 3.
State Commitee: Man: Daniel Melnechuk - 2. Woman: none.
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