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Trump leads Effingham primary vote-getters
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Donald Trump was the leading vote-getter among those who cast a ballot in Effingham County during the March 1 presidential preference primary.

The businessman garnered 3,648 votes out of the 9,278 cast in the primary, or 39.3 percent. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was second with 3,093 votes, or 33.3 percent. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was third at 1,490 votes. Dr. Ben Carson, who since has suspended his campaign, received 608 votes, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich got 305 votes.

There were 1,827 votes cast in the Democratic primary, with former U.S. Sen. and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton receiving 1,178 or 64.5 percent. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders got 620 votes, or 33.9 percent.

Turnout for the primary was 31 percent, with 11,112 voters casting ballots. The 2012 presidential primary drew 5,746 voters.