Stillwater residents vote in presidential primaries

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The O’Colly conducted an unscientific exit poll on the day of the election, speaking to 80 voters across eight different polling locations in Stillwater.

Stillwater residents who were registered to vote had their final opportunity to vote in both the presidential primary and county alcohol proposition on Tuesday.

Voters who wanted to vote in person showed up to their polling places on Tuesday, or to their county election board last week. Mail in absentee ballots were due to the Election Board by the close of voting on Tuesday.

Two statewide polls, one by Swayable, and one by Data for Progress, had former Vice President Joe Biden with a 12 point and seven point lead, respectively. The O’Colly conducted an unscientific exit poll on the day of the election, speaking to 80 voters across eight different polling locations in Stillwater. Of those 80 voters, 55 agreed to respond to at least one of the poll questions.

Dakota Christian, chairman of the Payne County Democrats, said Payne County’s vote totals might not look like the rest of the state.

“I do not think Payne County will go to Bloomberg,” Christian said. “I think there is a very high chance that it goes to a progressive.”

Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are the two progressives still in the race. Of the voters who both voted in the Democratic primary and responded to the O’Colly’s questions, 43.5% reported voting for Sanders.

One such voter is a math major attending Oklahoma State University, focusing on secondary education. Gabriel Clem said the most important issue for him going into the election was healthcare.

“He’s been the most consistent with the issues that he does support, and I think that his values align very well with mine,” Clem said.

Sanders was the clear front runner among respondents to the poll, and his voters cited a wide variety of reasons for their support.

One Sanders voter, who said she works in advertising, said there was one issue that touched all of the others.

“The most important issue to me is getting big money out of politics because the other issues branch out from there,” Bethany Folkes said.

In the O’Colly’s poll, respondents who reported voting in the Democratic primary reported voting for Biden 33.3% of the time. Biden voters frequently reported beating President Donald Trump as their most important issue.

Republicans made up 16.4% of respondents in the O’Colly’s poll, and 88.9% reported casting their vote in support of President Trump.

Amongst voters of all political affiliations, 88.9 percent reported voting in favor of the county’s alcohol proposition.

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