• 37°

Rowan voters go for the N.C. winners, Trump included

By Josh Bergeron and Mark Wineka

josh.bergeron@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Is Rowan County a bellwether for North Carolina?

In Tuesday’s primaries, most of the candidates favored by Rowan County voters also put up winning margins in the state overall. Many of the favored names were familiar: Trump, Clinton, Burr, McCrory and Cooper.

In addition, Rowan County voters supported the Connect NC bonds, which passed statewide.

But sometimes when it came to voting in the presidential primaries, Rowan voters acknowledged it wasn’t easy.

Jennifer Ridgell, who cast her primary ballot in Granite Quarry, said she was “scared.”
“I’m scared about what this country is in for,” she said.  “I’m not sure anybody is qualified.”
Ridgell said she ended up choosing “the lesser of the evils.”
Beth Stebe, who voted in Salisbury’s East Ward, said, I think what’s going on with all these people fighting is crazy, It should not be like that.”
Stebe clarified she was talking about the Republican side.
“I’d rather see people just getting along with each other, no fighting or people getting arrested over protests,” Stebe said.
Felicia Ellis, a Salisbury North Ward voter, said, “I’ll be glad when its over.
“Just the finger-pointing, the bigotry and kid shenanigans. I just don’t like it.”
Ellis said she also was talking about the Republican race.

The presidential primaries captured significant attention from Rowan County voters, as they did statewide. In Rowan, Republican Donald Trump topped his closest rival, Ted Cruz, by a 46 to 37 percent margin.

On the Democratic side, Rowan County voters favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders 52.7 percent to 41.6 percent.

Kathleen Bergeron, a North Ward voter, said Trump “never talks about how he will do something,”
“He always talks about end results,” Bergeron said. “You know, and that sort of makes sense because of his business background.
“If he were a restaurant owner, he’d say he was going to give you the most delicious meal, but if he were a chef, he would tell you how to make it.”
Bergeron had more to say on Trump, who led in Rowan throughout the night as results came in.
“I think he’s unrealistic with what he says he can do, but it’s interesting — the similarities between him and Bernie Sanders. Totally opposite ends of the spectrum, and yet they’re so similar in other ways of recognizing there’s a huge problem with the system itself.
“Their answers to that problem are light years apart.”
Lindsey Griffin, who voted in Salisbury’s East Ward, said she’s a Bernie Sanders supporter.
“I think that he is fighting for the people, and I agree with a lot of (his) views,” she said.

Chance Brown, an East Rowan High senior, said at first he thought the presidential race “got a little out of hand, unlike other years, but I think it’s getting better.”

When asked about Donald Trump, Brown said, “I think he’s interesting. That’s about all I can say. Let’s keep it at that.”
Brittany McGee, also an East Rowan High senior, said she voted for Marco Rubio, who captured only 5.37 percent of the vote in Rowan County and ended up leaving the Republican presidential race Tuesday evening after losing his home state of Florida.
“I think he’s obviously not like Donald Trump,” McGee said of Rubio, “because I just don’t like Donald Trump. I think Donald Trump is immature.”
In the U.S. Senate races in Rowan County, Republican incumbent Richard Burr topped his closest competitor, Greg Brannon, by 63.54 percent to 23.82 percent. On the Democratic side, Deborah K. Ross was favored by 55.2 percent to 18.7 percent over Kevin D. Griffin.

In the gubernatorial  races, Rowan Democrats liked Attorney General Roy Cooper over Ken Spaulding by  65.47 percent to 34.53 percent.

Incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, a Catawba College graduate, was favored by Rowan voters over his closest rival, C. Robert Brawley, by 78.2 percent to 15.68 percent.

The Connect NC bonds passed in Rowan County by a  59.89 to 40.11 percent margin.

Others who led their statewide primary races among Rowan County voters included Linda Coleman, N.C. Lieutenant Governor (Democrat); Buck Newton, N.C. Attorney General (Republican); Marcus W. Williams, N.C. Attorney General (Democrat); Steve Troxler, N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture (Republican); Mike Causey, N.C. Commissioner of Insurance (Republican); Mazie Ferguson, N.C. Commissioner of Labor (Democrat); Michael LaPaglia, N.C. Secretary of State (Republican); Mark Johnson, N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction (Republican); June Atkinson, N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction (Democrat); and Dan Blue III, N.C. Treasurer (Democrat).

Comments

Nation/World

Senate Democrats strike deal on jobless aid, move relief bill closer to approval

News

Duke Life Flight pilot may have shut down wrong engine in fatal crash

News

Two NC counties get to participate in satellite internet pilot for students

Local

PETA protesters gather in front of police department

Coronavirus

Seven new COVID-19 deaths, 166 positives reported in county this week

Crime

Sheriff’s office: Two charged after suitcase of marijuana found in Jeep

Crime

Thomasville officer hospitalized after chase that started in Rowan County

Local

Board of elections discusses upgrading voting machines, making precinct changes

News

Lawmakers finalize how state will spend COVID-19 funds

Local

Salisbury Station one of several ‘hot spots’ included in NCDOT rail safety study

Education

Essie Mae Kiser Foxx appeal denied, school considering options

News

Iredell County votes to move Confederate memorial to cemetery

Nation/World

Lara Trump may have eyes on running for a Senate seat

Local

Rowan among counties in Biden’s disaster declaration from November floods

Local

PETA plans protest at Salisbury Police Department on Friday

Education

Essie Mae Kiser Foxx appeal denied, charter revoked

Coronavirus

29 new positives, no new COVID-19 deaths reported

Crime

Blotter: Woman charged with drug crimes

News

Nesting no more: Eagles appear to have moved on from Duke’s Buck Station

Business

The Smoke Pit leaving downtown Salisbury for standalone building on Faith Road

Education

Shoutouts

High School

High school football: Hornets’ Gaither set the tone against West

Local

Salisbury to show off new fire station

Education

Livingstone College to host virtual Big Read events this month