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Biden, Trump romp to primary victories in Pickens County and across Georgia

By Dave William, Bureau Chief

Capitol Beat News Service, with additional local staff reporting

            ATLANTA – Georgia’s Democratic Primary voters put President Joe Biden over the top Tuesday, giving him enough delegates to win renomination when Democrats hold their convention this summer in Chicago.

            Former President Donald Trump also won big in Georgia but was still short of the delegate total needed to capture the Republican nomination. Trump was expected to clinch the nod later Tuesday night after GOP voters in Mississippi and Washington state cast their primary ballots.

            In Pickens County 4,790 voters cast ballot, a 19.33 percent turnout with 2,604 voting on election day and the remainder in early and absentee voting.

            Here Donald Trump was the top vote getter with 4,041 ballots for him out of 4,479 GOP ballots.

            Joe Biden took 269 of the total 295 votes cast by Democrats.

            With 21% of the Georgia vote counted as of 8 p.m., Biden had racked up nearly 96% of the vote. Author Marianne Williamson lagged far behind with 2.5% of the vote, and U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., was last at less than 2%.

            On the Republican side with 24% of the Georgia vote counted, Trump had won more than 83% of the vote in a field that was still crowded, although every other GOP candidate had dropped out of the race.

            The end of the primary season sets up the first repeat matchup of presidential candidates since 1956, when Republican President Dwight Eisenhower won reelection by defeating Democrat Adlai Stevenson for the second consecutive time.

            The last time a former president ran for the White House was in 1912 when Theodore Roosevelt mounted an unsuccessful third-party candidacy against incumbent Republican William Howard Taft and Democrat Woodrow Wilson, with Wilson winning the White House.

            Democratic former President Grover Cleveland ousted Republican President Benjamin Harrison in 1892, the last time in U.S. history that an ex-president challenged an incumbent president.

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