Southwest votes big for DFL/Obama

Southwest voters turned out in droves to participate in the Feb. 5 caucuses, most attending Democratic precincts and casting ballots for Barack Obama.

A total of 22,003 voters showed up on Super Tuesday in Senate Districts 60 and 61, which cover most of Southwest, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office. Of those, 20,982 went to Democratic precincts and 15,896 voted for Obama.

Here’s how the votes broke down:

District 60

Republican

Total votes: 735
Mitt Romney: 251 votes; 34.15 percent
John McCain: 225 votes; 30.61 percent
Ron Paul: 194 votes; 26.39 percent
Mike Huckabee: 60 votes; 8.16 percent
Alan Keyes: 3 votes; .41 percent
Write-in: 2 votes; .27 percent

Democrat

Total votes: 13,608
Barack Obama: 10,067 votes; 73.98 percent
Hillary Clinton: 3,466 votes; 25.47 percent
John Edwards: 33 votes; .24 percent
Dennis Kucinich: 19 votes; .14 percent
Joe Biden: 2 votes; .01 percent
Chris Dodd: 1 vote; .01 percent
Frank Lynch: 0 votes; 0 percent
Bill Richardson: 0 votes; 0 percent
Uncommitted: 20 votes; .15 percent

District 61

Republican

Total votes: 286
Ron Paul: 99 votes; 34.62 percent
John McCain: 53 votes; 18.53 percent
Mike Huckabee: 53 votes; 18.53 percent
Mitt Romney: 81 votes; 28.32 percent
Alan Keyes: 0 votes; 0 percent
Write-in: 0 votes; 0 percent

Democrat

Total votes: 7,374
Barack Obama: 5,829 votes; 79.05 percent
Hillary Clinton: 1,426 votes; 19.34 percent
Dennis Kucinich: 37 votes; .50 percent
John Edwards: 30 votes; .41 percent
Joe Biden: 3 votes; 0.04 percent
Bill Richardson: 3 votes; .04 percent
Chris Dodd: 0 votes; 0 percent
Frank Lynch: 0 votes; 0 percent
Uncommitted: 46 votes; .62 percent