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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

York County dominated by Fischer


An overwhelming majority of York County voters favored Deb Fischer as the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, according to figures from the York County Clerk’s office.
At the end of election night, figures showed that Fischer earned 1,313 votes in the county, compared to 697 for Jon Bruning; 267 for Don Stenberg; 63 for Pat Flynn; 8 for Spencer Zimmerman; 5 for Sharyn Elander; and there were 3 write-in votes.Fischer took the Republican nomination after the majority of Nebraska Republicans said they want her to run against Democrat Bob Kerrey.York County Democrats favored Kerrey, giving him 277 votes – far exceeding the other party candidates who earned less than 100 votes combined.
Regarding local issues, Jack Sikes won Wards 4A and 4B in York to take the Republican candidacy for county commissioner. In Ward 4A, he earned 205 votes, compared to 73 for his opponent, Gary Charlton. In Ward 4B, Sikes brought in 158 votes, compared to 52 for Charlton. Twenty-seven absentee voters chose Sikes, compared to 16 for Charlton. There were three write-in votes for other people. Sikes took the race with 390 votes, compared to 141 for Charlton.Cindi Heiden ran uncontested on the Democrat ticket for commissioner in District 5, earning 81 votes. She will run against Sikes in the general election.
Commissioner Kurt Bulgrin, a Republican, is running uncontested in District 2. He received 427 votes with there being seven votes for other people.
All wards in the city favored keno, as that measure passed. The following is a break-down of the voting: Ward 1, 123 yes, 73 no; Ward 2A, 114 yes, 74 no; Ward 2B, 102 yes, 96 no; Ward 3, 117 yes, 79 no; Ward 4A, 190 yes, 151 no; and Ward 4B, 154 yes, 110 no; absentee votes, 80 yes, 71 no.
Regarding the District 3 Republican race for House of Representatives, Adrian Smith earned 1,969 votes in York County, compared to 324 for Bob Lingenfelter.For the Republican nomination for president, York County voters strongly favored Mitt Romney with 1,548 votes. County Republicans gave Rick Santorum 336 votes; Ron Paul 217 votes; and Newt Gingrich, 117.

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