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Alabama Democratic primary, 2016

Alabama Democratic primary, 2016

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Candidate Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders
Home state New York Vermont
Delegate count 44 9
Popular vote 309,928 76,399
Percentage 77.84% 19.19%

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Election results by county.

The 2016 Alabama Democratic primary took place on March 1 in the U.S. state of Alabama as one of the Democratic Party's primaries ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

On the same day, dubbed "Super Tuesday," Democratic primaries were held in ten other states plus American Samoa, while the Republican Party held primaries in eleven states including their own Alabama primary.

Opinion polling

Poll source Date 1st 2nd Other
Primary results March 1, 2016 Hillary Clinton
77.8%
Bernie Sanders
19.2%
Other
3.0%
Monmouth[1]

Margin of error: ± 5.8%
Sample size: 300

February 25–28,
2016
Hillary Clinton
71%
Bernie Sanders
23%
Others / Undecided
6%
Public Policy Polling[2]

Margin of error: ± 4.4
Sample size: 500

February 14–16,
2016
Hillary Clinton
59%
Bernie Sanders
31%
News-5/Strategy Research[3]

Margin of error: ± 2 percent
Sample size: 3,500

August 11, 2015 Hillary Clinton
78%
Bernie Sanders 10%

Results

Primary date: March 1, 2016
National delegates: 60


e • d Democratic Party's presidential nominating process in Alabama, 2016
– Summary of results –
Candidate Popular Vote
(March 1 Primary)
Estimated delegates
Count Percentage Pledged Unpledged Total
Hillary Clinton 309,928 77.84% 44 6 50
Bernie Sanders 76,399 19.19% 9 0 9
Martin O'Malley (withdrawn) 1,485 0.37%
Rocky De La Fuente 811 0.20%
Uncommitted 9,534 2.39% 0 1 1
Total 398,157 100% 53 7 60
Sources: The Green Papers , Alabama Democratic Party certified Election Results as received by Secretary of State of Alabama

Results by county

County[4] Clinton % Sanders % Others Totals Turnout Margin
Autauga 2,387 80.0% 544 18.2%
Baldwin 5,290 64.7% 2,694 32.9%
Barbour 2,567 90.6% 222 7.8%
Bibb 942 75.5% 246 19.7%
Blount 564 55.1% 395 38.6%
Bullock 2,451 91.3% 178 6.6%
Butler 2,196 92.1% 156 6.5%
Calhoun 5,011 76.5% 1,425 21.8%
Chambers 2,899 88.6% 312 9.5%
Cherokee 712 66.1% 268 24.9%
Chilton 860 73.1% 289 24.6%
Choctaw 1,772 80.2% 273 12.4%
Clarke 3,148 93.0% 213 6.3%
Clay 807 81.8% 135 13.7%
Cleburne 221 73.2% 72 23.8%
Coffee 1,493 77.2% 389 20.1%
Colbert 3,879 65.0% 1,342 22.5%
Conecuh 2,031 71.4% 544 19.1%
Coosa 1,012 87.7% 125 10.8%
Covington 737 77.3% 188 19.7%
Crenshaw 908 87.8% 107 10.3%
Cullman 1,275 60.8% 723 34.5%
Dale 1,544 77.0% 415 20.7%
Dallas 8,577 74.4% 1,774 15.4%
DeKalb 1,297 62.9% 667 32.3%
Elmore 3,019 80.1% 694 18.4%
Escambia 2,027 88.5% 226 9.9%
Etowah 4,262 74.6% 1,289 22.6%
Fayette 660 76.7% 148 17.2%
Franklin 1,233 48.4% 767 30.1%
Geneva 544 74.9% 157 21.6%
Greene 2,714 90.1% 213 7.1%
Hale 2,426 79.6% 427 14.0%
Henry 1,170 85.6% 163 11.9%
Houston 3,044 78.3% 780 20.1%
Jackson 1,327 70.0% 510 26.9%
Jefferson 67,357 81.6% 14,319 17.4%
Lamar 442 61.6% 173 24.1%
Lauderdale 3,676 65.2% 1,745 30.9%
Lawrence 2,047 77.7% 428 16.2%
Lee 7,137 73.6% 2,464 25.4%
Limestone 3,199 72.8% 1,120 25.5%
Lowndes 3,782 88.7% 330 7.7%
Macon 4,293 89.2% 483 10.0%
Madison 19,995 68.6% 8,786 30.1%
Marengo 3,590 65.8% 1,092 20.0%
Marion 567 65.5% 256 29.6%
Marshall 1,494 62.1% 821 34.1%
Mobile 28,927 82.7% 5,672 16.2%
Monroe 2,438 90.9% 205 7.6%
Montgomery 28,650 86.2% 4,266 12.8%
Morgan 3,897 73.1% 1,345 25.2%
Perry 2,575 82.0% 389 12.4%
Pickens 2,326 76.2% 453 14.8%
Pike 2,183 83.7% 379 14.5%
Randolph 1,236 70.6% 328 18.7%
Russell 4,381 72.8% 988 16.4%
Shelby 6,657 62.8% 3,755 35.4%
St. Clair 1,808 69.3% 745 28.6%
Sumter 2,987 80.9% 416 11.3%
Talladega 5,561 86.5% 782 12.2%
Tallapoosa 2,658 88.0% 308 10.2%
Tuscaloosa 12,136 76.7% 3,444 21.8%
Walker 1,722 67.1% 727 27.5%
Washington 1,511 57.5% 562 21.4%
Wilcox 3,337 84.3% 410 10.4%
Winston 303 66.7% 138 30.4%
Total 309,928 77.8% 76,399 19.2%

Analysis

After losing Alabama badly to Barack Obama in 2008, Clinton bounced back eight years later to a 58-point routing against runner-up Bernie Sanders. Her landslide win in Alabama came from African Americans, who formed 54% of the Democratic electorate and backed Clinton over Sanders by a margin of 91-6.[5] Clinton also won the white vote by a margin of 59-38.[6]

Clinton carried every county in the state, but showed particular strength in the region in Central Alabama known as the Black Belt or the Cotton Belt where the share of African American voters is highest, including the city of Birmingham.[7] She also showed strength in and around the city of Mobile including Mobile Bay, along the Gulf Coast.

Clinton's Alabama victory was her second-highest in any state in the 2016 primary season.[8]

After his landslide defeat, the Sanders campaign reported that Hillary Clinton had notched wins in southern states including Alabama because Bernie Sanders did not compete with her, although this claim was widely debunked since Sanders had opened more campaign offices in the state before the primary.[9]

References

  1. ^ "Alabama and Oklahoma: Trump Leads in Both, Clinton Leads in Al, Sanders in OK" (PDF). 
  2. ^ "Subject: Clinton leads in 10 of 12 Early March Primaries; Benefits From Overwhelming Black Support" (PDF). 
  3. ^ Albrecht, Peter (12 August 2015). "Alabama Republicans Favor Trump By Wide Margin". wkrg.com. 
  4. ^ "2016 Election Center". CNN. Retrieved June 4, 2017. 
  5. ^ "2016 Election Center". CNN. Retrieved 2016-09-24. 
  6. ^ "2016 Election Center". CNN. Retrieved 2016-09-24. 
  7. ^ "Alabama Primary Election Results". Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  8. ^ CNN, Jeff Simon, Vanessa Yurkevich and Contessa Gayles. "Southern liberals have a fondness for Hillary Clinton". CNN. Retrieved 2016-09-24. 
  9. ^ "Sanders campaign rewrites history of Super Tuesday losses". Retrieved 2016-08-07.