ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) – The Republican and Democratic races in Missouri’s presidential primaries remained unsettled early Wednesday.
The margins in the race between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in the Republican race and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race are close enough that candidates can request recounts.
According to the Missouri Secretary of State’s unofficial results, Clinton won 49.6 percent (310,602 votes) to Sanders’ 49.3 percent (309,071 votes), and Trump won 40.8 percent (382,093 votes) to Cruz’s 40.6 percent (380,367 votes).
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The city of St. Louis didn’t quite get election results in as quickly as it had expected – it was after 11 p.m. before the results came in.
Republican director of elections Gary Stoff says a larger-than-anticipated voter turnout contributed to the delay.
“We had a number of new roving deputies so, to their credit, they were being very diligent and following the instructions, making sure they were getting everything that we needed to have them bring back,” he says.
Stoff says forgetting to pick up things like memory cards from the voting machines caused more delays.
The city was expecting between 30 and 35 percent voter turnout, and it was closer to 45 percent.
The Missouri presidential primaries appear to have set a new high mark for voter turnout.
Nearly 1.6 million of Missouri’s 4 million registered voters cast ballots in the Democratic, Republican and Libertarian primaries Tuesday. That equates to a statewide voter turnout of about 39 percent.
The previous high for a presidential primary was 36 percent, set in the 2008.
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