Sanders edges out Biden in Unicoi County, Kinsler wins second term

Sue Guinn Legg • Mar 3, 2020 at 10:33 PM

ERWIN — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders edged out former Vice President Joe Biden by 18 votes, or just over 2.3 percentage points, in Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary voting in Unicoi County.

Sanders garnered 283 votes, or 36.38% of the total votes cast in the primary, to Biden’s 265 votes, or 34.06 percent.

Michael Bloomberg finished third, with 117 votes, or 15.04%, followed by Elizabeth Warren in fourth place with 56 votes or 7.2%.

In the Republican primary, President Donald Trump received 1,991 votes or 97.89 percent of total votes cast. Twenty-two Republican voters, or 1.08 percent, were uncommitted in the presidential primary. GOP challengers Joe Walsh received 13 votes and Bill Weld received 8 votes.

Locally, Unicoi County Property Assessor Teresa Kinsler was unopposed in the Republican primary and received 1,814 votes. With no Democratic or write-in challengers in the August general election, the primary win returned Kinsler to office for a second four-year term.

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