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Washington County voters favor Clinton

race tight between McCain, Huckabee

February 13, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

Washington County voters bucked state trends in the presidential primary races, selecting Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama and landing somewhere on the fence between Mike Huckabee and John McCain.

With more than half of Maryland's precincts reporting, Obama led Clinton in the Democratic race by more than 24 percent statewide, but in Washington County, Clinton was chosen by a margin of more than 15 percent.

In Washington County, the race between McCain and Huckabee was too close to call before absentee ballots are counted, with McCain leading by a margin of less than 2 percent.

McCain was the clear winner statewide, with about 25 percent more of the vote than Huckabee.

Huckabee's wife, Janet Huckabee, made a stop Monday in Hagerstown to stump for her husband at the North American Rod and Gun Club.

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Demographically, Washington County skews slightly older than the rest of the state and has a lower percentage of black residents, according to U.S. Census figures.

Republican Maryland County

John McCain 94,834 5,785

Mike Huckabee 52,217 5,636

Mitt Romney* 10,616 487

Ron Paul 9,515 378

Rudy Giuliani* 2,229 151

Alan Keyes 1,783 91

Fred Thompson* 1,659 91

Duncan Hunter* 296 25

Tom Tancredo* 245 6

Democrat

Barack Obama 280,131 4,309

Hillary Clinton 167,846 6,209

John Edwards* 5,262 501

Joe Biden* 2,094 100

Bill Richardson* 1,157 63

Dennis J. Kucinich* 1,123 39

Mike Gravel 459 24

Christopher J. Dodd* 449 29

Maryland, with 1,068 of 1,829 precincts reporting

Washington Co., with 50 of 50 precincts reporting

* Dropped out before Maryland primary

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