RACINE COUNTY — The county’s status as a political bellwether for Wisconsin remains intact.
Racine County supported President-elect Donald Trump with 49 percent of the vote, over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who got 45 percent, final unofficial results show. In picking Trump, the county went along with the rest of the state, which made Trump the first Republican to win Wisconsin since 1984.
Trump, who received 46,620 votes in Racine County, racked up huge margins in the west end. He eclipsed 70 percent of the vote in Norway and the Town of Waterford, and was over 60 percent in every other municipality west of Interstate 94 except for the City of Burlington, where he won with 55 percent.
Clinton received 42,506 votes locally. Her biggest total came in the City of Racine, where she got 64 percent of the vote. Outside of the city, however, she won a majority of very few polling places: North Bay and Elmwood Park, as well as two in Mount Pleasant and one in Caledonia.
Trump beat Clinton in Mount Pleasant overall with 49 percent of the vote against Clinton’s 45 percent; in Sturtevant with 51 percent of the vote compared to Clinton’s 42 percent; and he took 55 percent of the Caledonia vote against Clinton’s 39 percent.
Additionally, thousands of residents voted for third parties or in the write-in category. Unofficial results show Libertarian Gary Johnson with 3,246 votes (3 percent) in Racine County, while the Green Party’s Jill Stein got 834 votes (less than 1 percent).
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The write-in category showed 1,243 votes (1 percent). Candidates’ names were not known as Racine County election officials were still going through those votes, Clerk Wendy Christensen said. The number will be updated after the Board of Canvass meets Tuesday.
And 1,880 residents cast a ballot while leaving the presidential field blank, according to the unofficial totals.
Racine County’s vote in the U.S. Senate race also reflected the state vote.
Republican Ron Johnson, who was re-elected to a second term Tuesday, received 53 percent (49,680 votes) of the Racine County vote, according to unofficial results. Democrat Russ Feingold pulled in 44 percent (41,600 votes).
Libertarian Phillip N. Anderson received 2,485 votes (3 percent).
A total of 96,904 ballots were cast in Racine County, making for a turnout of 85 percent of registered voters, county figures show.