PRINCETON — Republican presidential candidate Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente couldn't knock out incumbent Donald Trump in Bureau County's race for president in the GOP primary election.
Unofficial results Tuesday evening showed Trump with 1,780 votes to De La Fuente's 79 votes.
Bureau County Republican Party Chairman Barry Welbers said the support for Trump across the state was "incredibly strong."
"This other candidate is not well known and participated in four different parties in the last four years alone — multiple races in Senate and Congress and at the same time was running for president in the last two election cycles," Welbers said. "There's always a certain amount of people who are going to vote for the other guy and he happened to be the other guy, but he truly doesn't have a following at all."
Welbers added it's clear Republican voters approve of Trump.
"No surprise there at all," he said.
As far as the Republican contested race for the U.S. Senate nomination, Bureau County voters favored candidate Mark Curran Jr. who received 577 votes. Behind him was Peggy Hubbard with 372 votes, Tom Tarter with 357 votes, Robert Marshall with 327 votes and Casey Chlebek with 64 votes.
"The results here in Bureau County seem to be consistent with how he's done in the state. Curran has been projected to be the nominee," Welbers said. "He's a strong contender, a strong candidate. He was invited to Bureau County and didn't come. There was only one candidate who came to Bureau County and that was Tom Tarter. ... Curran will make a great candidate for the Republican Party."