Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won a landslide victory on Tuesday in the first-ever news@Northeastern presidential primary election, capturing 68 percent of the Democratic vote. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was the leading vote-getter in the Republican primary, winning 33 percent of the vote.
Sanders’ margin of victory in the Northeastern poll closely mirrored his showing in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary on Tuesday, where he garnered 60 percent to Hillary Clinton’s 38 percent. On the Republican side, it was Donald J. Trump, the second-place finisher in the Northeastern primary, who won in the Granite State with 34 percent of the vote. Ohio Gov. John Kasich was second while Cruz finished third.
More than 2,300 total ballots were cast in the two-day news@Northeastern primary, with greater participation in the Republican election (1,323 votes, or 57 percent) than in the Democratic contest (993 votes, or 43 percent).
Sanders, who appeared to gain momentum with a strong showing in last week’s Iowa caucuses, captured 676 votes (68 percent) to Clinton’s 317 (32 percent).
For the Republicans, two candidates distanced themselves from the field, with Cruz (431 votes, 33 percent) outpacing Trump (368 votes, 28 percent). Florida Sen. Marco Rubio finished in third place with 13 percent of the vote, followed by Kasich (11 percent). New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose attack on Rubio in Saturday’s Republican debate created a media firestorm, finished fifth.
Here are the final results of the news@Northeastern primary:
Bernie Sanders—676 (68.08 percent)
Hillary Clinton—317 (31.92)
Ted Cruz—431 (32.58 percent)
Donald Trump—368 (27.82)
Marco Rubio—173 (13.08)
John Kasich—149 (11.26)
Chris Christie—71 (5.37)
Jim Gilmore—64 (4.84)
Jeb Bush—28 (2.12)
Ben Carson—20 (1.51)
Carly Fiorina—19 (1.44)