John Kasich found a sweep Tuesday in his home state of Ohio, out-performing both presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton at the polls.
The governor garnered 953,846 ballots (46.8 percent) in his party’s Ohio primary though he fell far behind in the key battleground states of Florida and North Carolina. He also tanked in Illinois and Missouri.
Trump was next in line on the night with 726,769 votes — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz barely managed to capture a quarter of that support.
And Florida Sen. Marco Rubio couldn’t even take his own state, losing to Trump by 440,000 votes. He tearfully bowed out of the race.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, fended off Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders by a modest margin in Ohio balloting.
She took the primary nod with 676,597 ballots (56.5 percent) to Sanders’ 511,903 in the two-way Democratic primary battle.
Sanders, who won Michigan the prior week, also found defeat in Florida, North Carolina, Illinois, or Missouri.
That’s the big picture, but here’s a small question that matters: How did Oberlin vote?
Historically, our town’s leanings have been overwhelmingly Democratic in presidential election years. For instance, Oberlin backed President Barack Obama’s reelection bid by a 91 percent mandate in 2012.
So it was no surprise that the city’s Republican primary turnout was miniscule Tuesday: Kasich took 505 Oberlin votes while Trump trailed with 193.
Cruz nabbed just 69 ballots here while Rubio limped in with 32.
On the Democratic side, Clinton picked up 1,251 Oberlin votes but Sanders had the tide of support with 1,637 — an almost exact reversal of the state percentages.
Roque De La Fuente, a California real estate tycoon whose jump into the presidential race was largely couched as a protest of Trump, found only six votes.
The presidential election wasn’t the only one of national significance in town.
Oberlin teacher Janet Garrett found overwhelming hometown support in the Democratic race for the 4th Congressional District, besting nearest opponent Daniel Johnson by a more-than 11-to-one showing. Far behind, Norbert Dennerll Jr. was third in the House race.
Incumbent Rob Portman was the city choice in the Republican U.S. Senate primary with an underwhelming vote count. He garnered 234 votes to challenger Don Elijah Eckhart’s 72.
Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.