ITHACA, NY – Tompkins County not only saw record voter turnouts for the Apr. 21 primary, it also had the highest voter turnout of any county in the state, according to the Tompkins County Board of Elections.

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In a press release on Thursday, the Tompkins Board of Elections certified the results of the primary and reported that both the Democrat and Republican parties saw record turnouts of registered voters.

According to the release, 21,301 Tompkins residents voted for an overall voter turnout of 57 percent — the only county in the state to exceed a 50 percent turnout. The county’s total population is around 101,500.

63 percent of eligible Democrats voted, a new record for the county. By comparison, the 2008 primary saw a Democratic turnout of 60 percent.

The primary also brought out Republicans in record numbers, with 43 percent of registered Republicans voting. In 2008, only 33 percent voted.

As previously reported, Bernie Sanders took 62 percent of the Tompkin’s Democratic vote to Hillary Clinton’s 38 percent.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump barely edged out John Kasich, 37 to 34 percent. Ted Cruz trailed behind at 27 percent. Tompkins was the only upstate county that Trump came close to losing, and the only county where he ended up with less than 40 percent of the vote.

(Featured photo courtesy of Memphis CVB on Flickr)

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Michael Smith

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