Auburn Villager

Former Vice President Joe Biden resoundingly won the Alabama presidential Democratic primary, State Amendment One went down in defeat and the Republican primary for U.S. Senate is headed to a runoff later this month after Alabama citizens hit the polls for Super Tuesday. 

Biden brought home more than 63 percent of the vote statewide, with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders placing a distant second at 16 percent. In Lee County, Biden finished with almost 59 percent of the vote to Sanders' 21 percent. 

In the Republican presidential primary, President Donald Trump easily won, with more than 96 percent. 

In the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville and former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions pulled away from the pack, garnering 33 percent and 32 percent of the vote, respectively. Lee County broke decidedly for Tuberville, who earned almost 51 percent of the vote. Tuberville and Sessions will face each other in a Republican primary runoff on March 31 for the nomination. The winner will face incumbent U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, who ran unopposed.

State Amendment One, which sought to change the State Board of Education from an elected body to an appointed one, went down in flames, with 75 percent of Alabamians voting against the measure. Lee County residents voted against the amendment at a 73 percent clip. 

In the primary for president of the Public Service Commission, incumbent president Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh won the Republican nomination. She will face Democratic nominee Laura Casey. 

In a local race, Republican Doug Cannon took home 54 percent of the vote over opponent F.D. "Butch" Brock for a seat on the Lee County Commission. 

Voter turnout statewide was 33 percent, while only about 24 percent of registered voters turned out in Lee County. 

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