With the final Wasco County election results coming in just after 4 a.m., and a nearly 76 percent voter turnout, local results were a mirror opposite of statewide voting for president.
Wasco County voters favored Republican winner Donald J. Trump over Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton by 49 percent (5,721 votes) to 39 percent (4,634 votes). Statewide, those results flipped.
Trump won the national election, so far earning 279 electoral votes to Clinton’s 228. He is forecast to win 306 votes of the 270 needed to win, according to The New York Times.
Locally, Independent Gary Johnson got 5.7 percent of the local vote (665 votes) while Green party candidate Jill Stein got 1.9 percent, or 231 votes. Statewide, Johnson got 4 percent of the vote and Green 2 percent.
Voter turnout statewide was 72.8 percent.
While Democrat Kate Brown won election as Oregon governor, getting 50 percent of the vote, she only earned 43.1 percent in Wasco County (4,920 votes) with Republican Bud Pierce taking 50.5 percent of the county’s vote (5,761 votes.) Libertarian James Foster got 296 votes (2.6 percent) and Constitutional candidate Aaron Auer got 146 votes (1.3 percent).
Incumbent U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat, won 55.5 percent of Wasco County’s vote (6,352 votes), mirroring the 56 percent he won statewide, while his main challenger, Republican Mark Callahan, got 35.2 percent of the local vote with 4,025 ballots cast. He got 33 percent of the vote statewide.
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican representing the second congressional district, easily won re-election, and garnered 69 percent of the vote in Wasco County (7,817 votes), while Democratic challenger Jim Crary garnered 3,470 votes, for 30.6 percent of the vote locally. Districtwide, Walden performed even more strongly, getting 72 percent of the vote to Crary’s 27 percent.
State Rep. John Huffman, a Republican, easily won re-election to his 59th district seat, winning 67.9 percent of the vote locally (6,483 votes) to Democrat Tyler Gabriel’s 31.8 percent (3,037).
Districtwide, Huffman did even better, taking 69 percent of the vote to Gabriel’s 29 percent.
Republican State Sen. Ted Ferrioli retained his Dist. 30 seat with 60.7 percent of the local vote (5,821 votes) to challenger W. Mark Stringer’s 39 percent (3,746 votes.) Districtwide, Ferrioli took 70 percent of the vote to Stringer’s 29 percent.
Republican State Sen. Bill Hansell retained his Dist. 29 seat with 77.7 percent of the local vote, (785 votes) to Independent challenger Barbara Dickerson’s 21.8 percent of the vote (220 votes).
For secretary of state, Republican Dennis Richardson took 53.8 percent of the local vote, with 5,879 ballots cast, while Democrat Brad Avakian got 3,860 votes, or 35.3 percent of local ballots. Richardson won statewide also, getting 47 percent of the vote to Avakian’s 43 percent.
For state treasurer, local votes were the opposite of statewide results. While Democrat Tobias Read won the state election with 44 percent of the vote to Republican Jeff Gudman’s 41 percent, locally, Gudman won with 5,024 votes, (47 percent) to Read’s 3,968 (37.2 percent).
State Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, a Democrat, narrowly lost the local vote, 47.3 percent, (5,038 votes) to Republican challenger Daniel Zene Crowe, who had 48.9 percent, with 5,209 votes. Statewide, she easily won with 54 percent of the vote to Crowe’s 41 percent.
On statewide measures, Measure 97, which would tax gross receipts over $25 million on state corporations, was soundly defeated both locally and statewide. Locally, the no votes were 67.5 percent (7,774 votes) and yes votes were 32.5 percent (3,749 votes.) Statewide, it failed, with 59 percent voting no and 40 percent voting yes.
Measure 96, dedicating 1.5 percent of lottery funds to helping veterans, overwhelmingly passed locally and statewide. It garnered 84.6 percent of the local vote, (9,532 votes) with just 15.4 percent (1,734 votes) voting no. Statewide, it passed 83 percent to 16 percent.
Failing locally and statewide by a large margin was Measure 94, seeking to eliminate the mandatory retirement age of 75 for judges. Locally, it went down 67.9 percent (7,521 votes) to 32.1 percent (3,559 votes). Statewide, it went down 63 percent to 36 percent.
Measure 95, which allowed financial moves by universities to reduce financial risk, passed easily locally and statewide. It passed with a 68.2 percent margin locally, with 7,310 voting yes to 3,402, or 31.7 percent, voting no. Statewide it passed 70 percent to 29 percent.
Measure 98, requiring state funding for drop-out prevention, easily passed locally and statewide. In the county, it won with 64.2 percent of the vote (7,133 votes) with 35.8 percent (3,983) voting no. Statewide, it won 65 percent to 34 percent.
Measure 99, creating an outdoor school fund, also passed easily, with 61.9 percent of the vote (6,961 votes) in favor and 38.1 percent (4,285 votes) against. Statewide, the vote was 66 percent yes to 33 percent no.
Measure 100, banning the purchase or sale of certain wildlife parts, also easily passed locally and statewide. In the county, it passed 61.2 percent (6,678 votes) to 38.8 percent (4,237 votes.) Statewide, it passed 69 percent to 30 percent.
In Sherman County, Mike Smith’s write-in campaign to retain his county commissioner seat failed. Joe Dabulskis won with 62 percent of the vote, or 582 votes, to Smith’s 37 percent, or 351 votes.