Douglas County Clerk’s Office releases precinct totals
Precinct voting totals from the Nov. 6 general election released by the Douglas County Clerk this week show Baldwin City wasn’t as blue as the rest of Douglas County or as red as the rest of Kansas.
The Republican presidential ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan won all three Baldwin City precincts, with 54.4 percent of the vote and bested President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden by a count of 1,471 to 1,142.
By contrast, the Democratic team carried Douglas County with 61 percent of the vote (29,267 to 17,401). The GOP ticket won 60 percent (678,719 to 427,918) of the ballots cast statewide.
In Baldwin City, the GOP ticket’s margin was slimmest in the 60th Precinct of northwest Baldwin City, where the GOP ticket topped the Democratic candidates by 30 votes (382-352). The Republican ticket had its biggest victory in the 62nd Precinct of south Baldwin City, where it beat the Democratic team by a count of 577-362.
Republican Lynn Jenkins had more support in Baldwin City in her successful effort to win re-election to the 2nd U.S. House District, getting 59.1 percent of the vote. Jenkins won 57 percent of the vote in the 2nd District, beating Democrat Tobias Schlingensiepen by a count of 161,476 to 110,075. Schlingensiepen won 56.5 percent of the vote in Douglas County, winning the county 26,671 to 18,477.
Baldwin City voters did cross party lines in one down-ballot race, giving hometown Kansas Senate candidate Tom Holland a majority in all three precincts. The Democrat won 55.7 percent of the Baldwin City vote in his re-election bid against GOP challenger Anthony Brown of Eudora, winning in the city by a count of 1,520 to 1,205. Holland won Douglas County 10,958 to 6,374, winning 70 percent or more of the votes in some Lawrence precincts. He won the district, which includes western Leavenworth County, 16,210 to 14,414.
Baldwin City also supported hometown Republican candidate Erica Anderson in her unsuccessful bid for the Kansas House 10th District seat against Democrat John Wilson of Lawrence. Anderson won all three Baldwin City precincts, winning 57.9 percent of the vote in the city, 1,514 to 1,099. Wilson, like Holland, enjoyed overwhelming support in some south Lawrence precincts, which helped him collect 60.6 percent of the total district vote in winning 6,047 to 3,935.
Lawrence also proved the difference in the Douglas County Commission 2nd District race, in which incumbent Democrat Nancy Thellman easily turned back a challenge from Republican Frank Male, 10,039 to 5.993. The Republican won Baldwin City, 1,366 to 1,239, although Thellman prevailed in the 60th Precinct, 371-361.
Of the 4,090 voters registered to vote at the three Baldwin City precincts, 66.4 percent went to the polls. Turnout was heaviest in the 62 precinct of south Baldwin City a turnout of 72 percent.