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Evanston goes for Kasich

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Republican voters in Evanston went against the statewide trend Tuesday and backed Ohio Gov. John Kasich for president.

While Donald Trump carried Illinois as a whole, and also won suburban Cook County overall with 42 percent of the suburban vote, Evanston Republicans gave 45 percent of their votes to Kasich and less than 19 percent to Trump.

Only 3,458 Evanstonians voted in the Republican presidential primary, compared to 24,172 casting ballots in the Democratic presidential primary — giving the GOP just 12.5 of all the ballots cast in Evanston.

On the Democratic side, Evanstonians tended to vote more heavily for the winners in some key races than did voters elsewhere in the suburbs. Tammy Duckworth got 78 percent of the Evanston vote in the U.S. Senate race, compare 64 percent in the rest of suburban Cook.

And Kim Foxx got nearly 70 percent of the Evanston vote for state's attorney, compared to 52 percent in the rest of the suburban area.

Evanston Democratic Committeeman Eamon Kelly says the Democratic Party of Evanston, which endorsed Foxx, made her campaign a high priority in its efforts to get out the vote.

There was little difference at the presidential level on the Democratic side — with Evanston giving Hillary Clinton less than a percentage point bigger share of the vote over Bernie Sanders than did voters in the Cook County suburbs overall.

Detailed results for the county vote down to the precinct level are now available on the county clerk's website.

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