Thursday, June 09, 2016

Clinton, who has struggled in many rural areas, wins rural vote in New Mexico, South Dakota

Hillary Clinton has mostly been relying on urban votes to secure the Democratic presidential nomination, while Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has been taking rural areas. (Republican nominee Donald Trump has also run well in rural areas.) On Tuesday rural voters in New Mexico and South Dakota flipped the script, helping push Clinton to victories in both states. In New Mexico Clinton won the rural vote, 53.2 percent to 46.8 percent, and in South Dakota she beat Sanders in rural areas, 50.4 percent to 49.6 percent, Bill Bishop reports for the Daily Yonder. (Yonder graphics)
Sanders won the rural vote in California, 51.7 percent to 46.3 percent, and in Montana, 50.3 percent to 44.5 percent, Bishop writes. In New Mexico, where voter turnout was up 44 percent from 2008, "rural voters constituted 30 percent of the Democratic electorate. Clinton won just over half the South Dakota vote in urban and rural counties," but voter turnout was down, with the Democrat vote in South Dakota amounting to just over half of the 2008 turnout. (Read more)

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