Although Californians overall sided with Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and John McCain, R-Ariz., in the primaries, San Luis Obispo County was a different story.
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., had the most votes for the Democratic Party and McCain won the Republican vote in both the county and Cal Poly campus precinct totals.
Clinton and McCain won the vote in California.
More than half of the 14,898 registered voters in SLO County actually voted in this particular election and the turnout was 34.79 percent at the on-campus polling location on the second floor of the University Union, one of the county’s 140 precincts.
Congresswoman Lois Capps, D-Calif., was extremely pleased with the enthusiasm among Democrats, Independents and Republicans for the Democratic candidates.
“I am especially heartened to see historic participation among young people,” she said in a statement. “This enthusiasm reflects the American people’s strong desire to move our country in a new direction and to bring much needed change to the White House.”
Child development freshman Rachel Cherenson said that though she was able to vote by absentee ballot, many students are extremely preoccupied with other things and don’t always have the time to vote.
“Maybe you don’t have the time during the day, or you are just more into the activities that you’re doing,” Cherenson said.
Construction management freshman Ryan Brown was also registered at home and said that sometimes students don’t vote because “a lot of people are just lazy.”
Obama won the majority of votes cast by the Democratic Party in San Luis Obispo County, with 48.11 percent. He also received the most votes at the Cal Poly precinct with an overwhelming 82.57 percent.
The Republican Party as a whole voted for McCain, who garnered 39.32 percent of county votes and 30.85 percent on campus.
Of the seven Green Party candidates, Ralph Nader led the pack in San Luis Obispo County as well as on campus.
In the Libertarian, Peace and Freedom and American Independent parties, most of the votes consisted of write-ins.
Only the four propositions concerning Indian gaming, propositions 94 through 97, passed on the county level. Transportation Proposition 91, however, was rejected in the on-campus precinct.
Capps said she is ready to ensure that whoever becomes the eventual Democratic nominee is elected this November.
“Both candidates have run vibrant, competitive campaigns and enjoy strong grassroots support,” she said. “The high level of interest in the campaigns tells me the American people are taking this election very seriously.”