While the vote statewide was a close one in the Democratic Primary for President of the United States, it was a different story locally. Bernie Sanders did well, besting Hillary Clinton by about 3,000 votes in Madison County, or 54% to 44%. In Jersey County, Sanders won 55% to 44%, and in Macoupin County, it was Sanders 55% to 43%. The state total had Clinton with 50% and Sanders at 49%.
The Republican Presidential Primary saw Donald Trump win Madison County 43% to 37% over Ted Cruz, Jersey County 48% to 36%, and Macoupin County 48% to 34%. Trump won the state with 39% to 30% for Cruz.