Clinton carries county

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By Walt Reichert

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton easily carried Shelby County Tuesday and appeared headed for a win statewide.

With all of the county's 34 precincts reporting, Clinton topped Barack Obama 4,287 to 2,297 in the county. Statewide with about 50 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton was winning by about 25 percentage points over Obama. Obama appeared to be running his best race in Jefferson County where he held a slight lead over Clinton at press-time.

Polls had shown Clinton easily winning the state's primary, the first in recent memory that Kentucky voters' ballots in the presidential election mattered. Oregon voters also cast ballots Tuesday. Polls showed Obama the likely winner there.

The county's Republican voters selected John McCain, who took just over 70 percent of the vote here. Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee drew just over 9 percent of the county's Republican voters. Though his challengers were on the ballot here, McCain has the GOP nomination wrapped up. McCain was winning more than 70 percent of the vote statewide with about 50 percent of precincts reporting.

In the Democratic race for the U. S. Senate here, Greg Fischer outpolled Bruce Lunsford 2,808 to Lunsford's 2,661. However, Lunsford was winning statewide by about 12 percentage points with about 50 percent of the precincts complete. Fischer was running well in central Kentucky, but Lunsford was winning handily in eastern Kentucky.

On the Republican side, U. S. Sen. Mitch McConnell handily defeated little-known challenger Daniel Essek 86 percent to 13 percent here. McConnell was also winning handily statewide, racking up more than 80 percent of the vote.

In the race for the 2nd Congressional District, state Sen. David Boswell led Daviess County Judge-Executive Reide Haire 3,321 to 2,632 here. As of press-time, Boswell was winning the district by about 12 percentage points.

Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry said turnout here was about 27 percent, higher than normal for a primary. She said many people had not voted in primaries in recent years, and many were surprised to find the party they were registered under.

While turnout was unusually high, at the Stratton Center Susan Reynolds, election officer, said there were no crowds waiting to vote.

"Usually at six o-clock there are a lot of people lined up waiting to vote, but not this morning. There were just a handful," Reynolds said.

Nathan L. McBroom and Lisa King contributed to this story.

See Friday's Sentinel-News for a precinct-by-precinct count of the vote.