Former Gov. Mitt Romney Tops GOP Presidential Field in Canton's Primary
Super Tuesday featured voting in 11 states with more than 400 delegates up for grabs. Turnout was low in Canton, as expected, because the attention was elsewhere in the U.S.
As results of the state-by-state Republican Primary battle between frontrunners Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum rolled in from across the country on Tuesday night, a nearly inevitable outcome quickly emerged in Massachusetts and in Canton: the former Bay State governor dominated GOP voting.
Romney took 1,257 Republican votes in Canton. In contrast to the heavy focus elsewhere – i.e. the tight and hard-fought battle for Ohio – Canton's polling locations were quiet on Super Tuesday, even during the typically busier after-work hours.
According to Town Clerk Tracy Kenney, Canton had a 16 percent turn out, equalling 2,086 ballots cast.
"I'm not impressed by it," Kenny said. But "given that the Democratic ballot had no races on it, there was no incentive" to get out and vote.
On the Democratic ticket, President Obama earned 367 votes in Canton.
The results of the Town Committee race in Canton have not been totaled yet, according to Kenny.
As of Wednesday morning, preliminary Republican results nationwide were as follows, according to the New York Times:
Romney – Virginia, Vermont, Massachusetts, Idaho, Alaska
Gingrich – Georgia
Santorum – Tennessee, Oklahoma, North Dakota
Paul – None
Not called – Ohio, Wyoming