When Bernie Sanders came to Palo Alto last week, more than 2,000 supporters including throngs of local residents flocked to the athletic field at Cubberley Community Center to chant his name and hear him denounce Wall Street and proclaim a political revolution.
But when the ballots from local precincts were counted Tuesday night, it became clear that for all the buzz, Palo Alto is very much Hillary Clinton turf. Frontrunner Clinton won every Palo Alto precinct, in some cases receiving three times as many votes as the populist senator from Vermont.
In one precinct in Old Palo Alto, based around Waverley Street and Santa Rita Avenue, Clinton received 285 votes to Sanders' 87, according to data released by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters. Among votes cast at the Channing House, 308 went to Clinton to Sanders' 123. And in the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, which includes two precincts, one had Clinton winning 336 votes to 92 while another gave her an edge 334 to 130.
Sanders fared somewhat better in other local precincts, though never well enough to threaten Clinton's lead. In the precinct around Louis Road in Amarillo Avenue -- near the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple -- Clinton's lead was a relatively modest 250 to 178. And voters whose polling place is Crossroads Community Church, at Middlefield Road and Marion Place, gave her an edge of 186 to 117.
Overall, Palo Alto precincts delivered 8,263 votes for Clinton and 3,876 votes for Sanders, which means she claimed about 67 percent of the total vote, while he took 32 percent.
Her margin of victory in Palo Alto was even wider than around the county at large, where Clinton captured 60 percent to Sanders' 39 percent.
On the Republican side, Donald Trump received more votes than any other candidate appearing on the ballot, a foregone conclusion in a race where every other candidate has dropped out. Despite that fact, Trump received only 948 votes from the 1,912 cast ballots. In many precincts, he received only a dozen votes, and his largest total was 63, from a polling place in the Stanford University campus.
Despite that fact, Trump ended up with one fewer vote in this precinct than Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who received 64 votes. His supporters were not deterred by the fact that Kasich dropped out of the race on May 4.
Kasich also gave Trump a run for his money in the south Palo Alto precinct that stretches along San Antonio Road, between Alma Street and Middlefield Road. In this area, Trump edged him out 34 votes to 31. In an Old Palo Alto precinct around Gamble Garden, Trump prevailed over Kasich 35 to 28. And in the Channing House precinct, where there are 1,271 registered voters, only 23 voted for the presumptive Republican nominee; 22 chose Kasich.
Countywide, Trump claimed 64 percent of the vote for the Republican nomination, while Kasich finished second with 20 percent. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and Jim Gilmore followed with 11 percent, 4 percent and 1 percent, respectively.
View the current tabulation of county results at sccvote.org.