Donald Trump supporters were among the most visible in downtown Haverhill Tuesday.
If Tuesday’s Massachusetts Democratic presidential primary was up to voters in Haverhill and in most of WHAV’s listening area, candidate Bernie Sanders would have been the winner over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
According to the unofficial tally from the Haverhill city clerk’s office, 5,461 Democratic voters, or about 54.3 percent of the total 10,064 Democratic ballots cast, picked Sanders over Clinton, who received 4,369 votes, or 43.4 percent, in Haverhill. Sanders won in Groveland by a wider margin, 60.3 percent to Clinton’s 38.7 percent. However, the two were in a statistical tie among Methuen voters, each with 48.8 percent of Democratic voters there. In Andover, Democrats put Clinton on top, 53.1 percent to 46.3 percent. Among other communities in Essex County, Clinton also took Lawrence, North Andover, Middleton, Peabody and Salem.
Statewide, Clinton just barely edged out a victory over Sanders, garnering 45 delegates to Sanders’ 43.
On the Republican side, Haverhill voters echoed the sentiments of voters across the state with 57.2 percent of a total 6,816 voters in Haverhill picking businessman Donald J. Trump. Trump received 3,901 votes over closest challenger Sen. Marco Rubio, who received 947 votes, or 13.9 percent. Rubio, who also finished second by similar margins in Groveland and Methuen, fell to third among voters in Andover, where Ohio Gov. John Kasich placed second. Trump was top Republican vote getter throughout Essex County, except in the North Shore town of Wenham, where voters picked Kasich.
The unofficial statewide tally for Democrats placed Clinton over Sanders by 50.3 percent to 48.5 Percent. Clinton gained 45 state delegates to the 43 delegates gained by Sanders. As for Republicans, Trump held a nearly 3 to 1 margin of victory statewide, at 49.0 percent of the vote, over Kasich. He held a narrow 18.1 percent to 17.9 percent margin to finish second over Rubio. Sen. Ted Cruz placed a distant fourth with 9.6 percent of the Republican vote in Massachusetts. Trump gained 22 state delegates while Kasich and Rubio each earned eight delegates.