Biden leads in Kitsap County in Presidential Primary

Joe Biden was the top candidate for the Democratic Party in Kitsap County’s following the first two tallies of ballots for Washington state’s 2020 Presidential Primary.

The former vice president had 34.16 percent of the vote.

Bernie Sanders had 29.06 percent of the vote in the second tabulation of ballots late Wednesday.

So far, 14,986 ballots have gone Biden’s way, and Sanders has secured 12,750.

Coming in third in Kitsap was Elizabeth Warren (11.87 percent, or 5,206 votes) followed by Michael Bloomberg in fourth (11.64 percent, or 5,105 votes.

Statewide, Biden was also leading; 34.61 percent to 33.38 percent over Sanders, his main rival for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

Democratic party officials submitted 13 candidates to be included on the ballot: Michael Bennet, Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Deval Patrick, Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang.

There is also be a 14th option for voters to indicate a preference that delegates to the Democratic Party’s national convention remain uncommitted.

Donald Trump is the only Republican candidate included on the ballot, and an “uncommitted” option is not available for Republican voters. A write-in option was.

Trump received 25,139 votes through Wednesday’s count. There are 378 write-in choices so far for the Republican Party in Kitsap.

A total of 43,868 votes were split among the broad field of Democratic Party candidates.

Many of the Democratic Party candidates dropped out of the race before Tuesday’s primary in Washington, though the ballot still included their names.

First out were Booker and Delaney, who both ended their campaigns in January.

Bennet, Patrick and Yang dropped out after the New Hampshire primary in February. Buttigieg and Steyer suspended their campaigns Feb. 29 after the South Carolina primary.

Bloomberg, Klobuchar and Warren fell out after the Super Tuesday primary.

In Washington state’s 2016 Presidential Primary, Hillary Clinton pulled in the most votes, with 50.1 percent of the vote in Kitsap County.

Sanders had 49.6 percent.

The numbers were Clinton, 16,661; Sanders, 16,512.

The purpose of the 2020 Presidential Primary is to determine how many delegates for each candidate attend the Democratic and Republican national conventions this summer.

There were 177,743 eligible registered voters in Kitsap County after registration closed Tuesday night.

Turnout in Kitsap was pegged at 39.06 percent Wednesday.

A total of 69,434 voters in the county cast ballots.

In 2016, a total of 58,408 ballots were counted in the Presidential Primary.

This year’s Presidential Primary will also boast a higher turnout than the last one in 2016, which was held later in the election cycle, on May 24.

In 2016, turnout hit 36.9 percent in Kitsap.

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