An analysis of information by the group ‘Illinois Sunshine‘ found that Republican Donald Trump was able to hold off a strong challenge by Sen. Ted Cruz by juicing turnout.
While not as evident in Northern Illinois, Republican primary election turnout was up more than 60% in 45 counties statewide, and Trump won the vast majority of those. It was up more than 75% in 29 counties, and Trump won every one of those, further evidence that Trump is winning by attracting new voters to the polls.
Turnout was up in Winnebago and Boone Counties as well, although not nearly to those levels. Cruz, who did a last minute campaign stop in Rockford, won Winnebago County by about 1000 votes. Boone County went for Trump by a 39% to 34% margin.
‘Illinois Sunshine’ reports that Trump won by doing particularly well downstate, and the fact he was able to win a majority of the wards in and around Chicago, where Cruz was unpopular and finished a distant third.
On the Democratic side, Sanders did well downstate, even winning in Winnebago County, where there was significant support for Hillary Clinton. He could not overcome, however, Clinton’s large margin of support in Chicagoland.