Like the rest of the state, Otter Tail County selected Joe Biden in the Democratic presidential primary Tuesday, March 3 -- and by a wide margin.

Biden received 52% of the county votes, while Bernie Sanders earned 19%. Statewide, those numbers were 39% and 30% at 11 p.m. Tuesday, respectively.

Elizabeth Warren was a distant third in county voting at 10%, and statewide at 16%.

Incumbent President Donald Trump, the only candidate on the Republican primary ballot, earned 98.5% in Otter Tail County. Write-in candidates accounted for 1.5% of the county Republican votes.

With only one race on each party primary ballot Tuesday, voting was slow at Perham precincts.

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"It's been pretty quiet," greeter judge Kathryne Breid said Tuesday morning at the city of Perham's polling place inside of city hall. Voters had been steady throughout the morning, she said.

The Perham Area Community Center was the polling place for both Perham Township and Pine Lake Township. Much like at city hall, election officials said they saw a fairly steady stream of voters coming in to cast their ballots Tuesday.

That turnout is "pretty good traffic for primary nominations," said Susan Schmid, election clerk and judge for Pine Lake Township.

Though the presidential primary was unusual for voters, the voting process was as usual. Registered voters came into their polling place to check-in and to indicate which ballot they would be voting on -- Democratic or Republican.

After voters got checked in they were given the paper ballot. When they were done, an election official helped to file their ballot.

Perham precincts


  • Joe Biden: 55 votes (37.93%)
  • Bernie Sanders: 48 votes (33.10%)
  • Elizabeth Warren: 16 votes (11.03%)

Perham Township:

  • Joe Biden: 36 (85.71%)
  • Bernie Sanders: 2 (4.76%)
  • Elizabeth Warren 2 (4.76%)

Pine Lake Township:

  • Joe Biden: 34 (60.71%)
  • Bernie Sanders: 6 (10.71%)
  • Elizabeth Warren: 5 (8.93%)