|Votes close in District 1 commissioner Primary race|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 12 May 2016 00:00|
County voter turnout
By Sheri Hink-Wagner
The Wauneta Breeze
Tuesday’s District 1 commissioner race turned out the voters in the Wauneta precinct with preliminary results showing incumbent Chuck Vette winning the Republican ticket by a hair.
Preliminary results indicate Vette bested Joe Johnston by a slim margin of five votes, with a total of 126 votes. Johnston received 121 votes.
If these results hold after the count is finalized, Vette will move on to face Democratic candidate Ted Brewer in the General Election.
Republicans and Libertarians cast their party votes for a presidential candidate, representing the only contested partisan race at the federal level.
Three Republican presidential candidates were included on the ballot. They included Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and John Kasich. According to preliminary results, Trump was the local choice with 354 votes. Unofficial results indicate Trump was the choice across the state as well.
Democrats voted for a presidential candidate during the Primary Election, however their candidate was chosen through their statewide caucuses held on March 5. Bernie Sanders won the Nebraska caucus with 57 percent of the vote.
There were no local Libertarian votes in the primary.
Voter turnout light
Overall, voter turnout in the county was light, with just 577 or 23 percent of eligible voters going to the polls. The Wauneta precinct saw better turnout with 185 registered voters participating in the Primary election, representing a turnout of 38 percent.