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Sanders tops Clinton in Carter County; Trump slams Cruz and Rubio

John Thompson • Updated Mar 1, 2016 at 9:56 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The most surprising result from the election in Carter County on Tuesday was the triumph of far-left candidate Bernie Sanders in the conservative county.

In unofficial results, Sanders took the Democratic Party in Carter County by 50.86 percent. He received 828 votes to 774 votes for Hillary Clinton

As close as the Democratic Primary was, the Republican Primary was a one man show, and that man was Donald Trump.

Trump took 44.34 percent of the vote among Republicans. His total was 4,286 votes. His closest challenger was Ted Cruz, who took 24.44 percent, or 2,352 votes. Marco Rubio had 18.26 percent or 1,757 votes

In the only contested local race, Robert V. Acuff easily won the Republican nomination for the seat on the Carter County Commission that he was appointed to last year. He showed overwhelming strength over two opponents — Robert Robinson and Michael D. Warren. Acuff had 884 votes. Robinson and Warren tied with 203 votes.

“I am blessed and honored,” Acuff said. “I am very humbled.” He said he met many voters from Stoney Creek along the way and he is excited to continue working for the district and for the entire county.

In uncontested races in the county Republican Primary, Ronnie B. Taylor was nominated for another term as assessor of property, and Brad Johnson was nominated to his seat on the Carter County Commission. James Lauderback was nominated to the Circuit Court judge’s position he was appointed to last year.

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