Historic election surprises nation

S-E Reporter

All year there’s been talk, often contentious, of who’s going to lead our country for the next four years, and now we know— it’s Donald Trump.

On election night, Republican President-elect Donald Trump and his running mate Michael Pence swept up 290 of the 538 electoral votes. The majority, or 270, is necessary to win the presidency.

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine received 232 electoral votes. The popular vote race was much closer.

As of Nov. 14, Clinton barely leads the popular vote with 48 percent of overall votes. Trump sits at 47 percent for popular vote.

Electoral key races Trump won were in Arizona, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina and Utah.

Since 1984, Washington State has dedicated all electoral votes to the Democratic candidate, this year being no different. In Washington, Clinton received 54.83 percent of the vote, mostly from the westside of the state and from Whitman County. Trump earned 37.96 percent of the vote.

In Stevens County, as of Nov. 14, Trump and Pence had earned 65.61 percent of the vote. Hillary and Kaine trailed behind at 25.79 percent. Several hundred votes in Stevens County went toward the other parties. Libertarians Gary Johnson and Bill Weld held the third highest number of votes at 4.02 percent.

In Washington state, as of Nov. 14, 2,961,264 ballots have been returned, making voter turnout a record low 69.35 percent. The 2008 elections hold the highest record at 84.61 percent. In Stevens County, numbers are lower, with only 56.79 percent voter turnout.

Election results will be finalized on Nov. 29.

Local races

Republican incumbent Wes McCart ran unopposed for Stevens County Commissioner of District 1. He received 13,079 votes.

In the race for Stevens County Commissioner of District 3, Republican incumbent Steve Parker leads with 11,229 votes (71.61 percent). His Democratic opponent, Matt Wolohan, trails with 4,451 votes (28.39 percent).

Running for Stevens County Treasure was official write-in candidate Ashley Delp and current Treasurer Leslie Valz. Valz leads the race with 12,875 votes (94.38 percent) with Delp at 608 votes (4.46 percent).

In Stevens County, leading the Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens County judicial race for Stevens Superior Court Judge, Position 1, is incumbent Judge Patrick Monasmith with 10,840 votes (74.88 percent). His opponent, Judge C. Olivia Irwin won, 3,637 votes.

Over the three counties, Monasmith leads with 74.23 percent of the vote.

Stevens County voters favor Judge Jessica (Taylor) Reeves for Stevens Superior Court Judge, Position 2, with 8,784 votes (60.19 percent). Terry Williams received 5,810 votes.

Districtwide, Reeves leads with 60.64 percent votes.

Local initiatives

Chewelah School District's Proposition 1 for the dissolution and reapportionment of directors' districts is passing with 1,617 yes votes (76.2 percent).

Nine Mile Falls’ School District's Proposition 1, involving bonds to construct a new Lakeside High School, is a multi-county race that includes Stevens and Spokane County. In Stevens County, the majority of voters (53.48 percent) voted no with 1,268 votes. In Spokane County, the proposition is being approved with 823 votes (52.25 percent).

Wade Carpenter, running unopposed for Public Utility District Commissioner 1, received 11,748 votes in Stevens County.

CMR holds office

Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers has been the U.S. Representative for Washington's 5th congressional district since 2005. She will keep her office, having garnered 59.51 percent of the voter approval in the 5th district.

Her opponent, Democratic candidate Joe Pakootas, won 40.49 percent of the district’s votes.

Locally, McMorris Rodgers earned 67.37 percent of Stevens County's residents' votes compared to Pakootas’ 32.63 percent.

Republican incumbent Shelly Short, running unopposed for State Representative, Position 1, for Legislative District 7, received 13,631 votes of support from Stevens County.

Running for State Representative, Position 2, for District 7 were Republican incumbent Joel Kretz and Libertarian Mike Foster.

Kretz leads the race with 77.19 percent of the vote districtwide. In Stevens County, Kretz received 78.9 percent of the vote.

Statewide, Democrat U.S. Senator incumbent Patty Murray leads over her Republican challenger, Chris Vance, with 59.39 percent of the vote. Stevens County voted in favor of Republican Chris Vance, giving him 64.18 percent of the total votes in the county.

Nationally Republicans struck gold, but in Washington state, six of the nine state executive positions were secured by Democrats.

Inslee wins

While Democrat incumbent Jay Inslee may have come out ahead statewide with 1,560,028 (54.76 percent) votes compared to opponent Republican Bill Bryant’s 1,254,051 votes (45.24 percent), Inslee was not the popular choice in Stevens County. After all, he’s a Democrat in a Republican stronghold.

Locally, Bryant received 11,398 votes (68.56 percent), over twice as many as Inslee’s 5,227 votes (32.44 percent).

Republicans winning in Stevens County, but losing on the state level, is a continuing trend.

Democrat Cyrus Habib won 54.65 percent of the vote statewide for Lieutenant Governor, beating out Republican Marty McClendon, who garnered 45.35 percent.
Stevens County’s voters gave McClendon 71.95 percent of their votes, leaving Habib only 28.05 percent support.

State Auditor Democratic candidate Pat (Patrice) McCarthy is winning statewide with 52.61 percent of votes. The majority of Stevens County (69.23 percent) voted for her Republican opponent, Mark Miloscia.

Incumbent Bob Ferguson, a Democrat, will continue to be Washington’s Attorney General. He earned 67.67 percent of votes compared to his opponent Joshua Trumbull, Libertarian, who received 32.33 percent.

The race for Attorney General was a lot closer in Stevens County. Trumbull was the popular choice with 7,632 votes to Ferguson’s 7,131.

Statewide, in the Commissioner of Public Lands race, Democrat Hilary Franz is beating Republican Steve McLaughlin with 53.43 percent of the vote. McLaughlin received the majority of support from Stevens County with 73.32 percent of votes cast.

Democrat Mike Kreidler garnered 58.67 percent of the vote statewide for Insurance Commissioner. Republican Richard Schrock trailed at 41.33 percent. The majority (68.2 percent) of voters in Stevens County favored Schrock.

There were a few Republican victories statewide.

Overall, Washington re-elected Republican incumbent Kim Wyman for Secretary of State with 54.56 percent. Her opponent, Democrat Tina Podlodowski, trailed with 45.44 percent. Locally, Wyman garnered the majority (74.81 percent) of votes.

Republican Duane Davidson won the State Treasurer position with 58.21 percent of votes statewide. The other Republican, candidate Michael Waite, won 41.79 percent of votes. In Stevens County Davidson was also the favored candidate, earning 58.28 percent of votes.

Chris Reykdal, running against Erin Jones for Superintendent of Public Instruction, leads statewide with 50.68 percent of votes. This is similar to Stevens County’s results, where 52.49 percent of voters favored Reykdal.

In Washington state’s Supreme Court Justice races, overall, votes were opposite local prevailing opinions.

Running for Supreme Court Justice, Position 1, were Mary Yu and David DeWolf. Statewide, Yu was favored with 57.54 percent of votes. Stevens County voters preferred DeWolf, giving him 70.52 percent.

Candidates for Supreme Court Justice, Position 5, are Barbara Madsen and Greg Zempel. The majority of state voters (62.29 percent) chose Madsen. Locally, Zempel at 56.53 percent of the vote, was the favorite to win.

Charles Wiggins ran against Dave Larson for Supreme Court Justice, Position 6. Wiggins won 57.61 percent of votes statewide, but trailed his opponent at 42.5 percent in Stevens County.

State initiatives

State Initiative Measure No. 1433, regarding labor standards, passed on the state level with 1,638,869 votes (57.77 percent). This initiative raises the state's minimum wage from $9.47 to $13.50 by 2020, and mandates employers offer paid sick leave.

In Stevens County, the initiative was defeated, with 10,929 (65.37 percent) votes against it and only 5,790 (34.63 percent) votes for it.

State Initiative Measure No. 1464, concerning campaign finance laws and lobbyists, did not pass statewide with 53.6 percent of voters against it. The majority of Stevens County voters (68.42 percent) also voted against this initiative.

Initiative Measure No. 1491, dealing with court-issued extreme risk protection orders temporarily preventing access to firearms, passed statewide with 69.8 percent of votes. Voters in Stevens County were more at odds, with 9,525 votes (57.26 percent) against it and 7,109 votes (42.74 percent) for it.

Statewide, Initiative Measure No. 1501, concerning seniors and vulnerable individuals, passed with 70.9 percent of votes. The majority of Stevens County voters (58.5 percent) were in favor of this initiative.

This initiative will increase criminal identity-theft penalties, expand civil liability for consumer fraud targeting seniors and vulnerable individuals, and exempt certain information of vulnerable individuals and in-home caregivers from public disclosure.

Initiative Measure No. 732, which would have imposed a carbon emission tax on the sale or use of certain fossil fuels and fossil-fuel-generated electricity, did not pass. Statewide, 59.2 percent of voters said no. In Stevens County 78.31 percent voted no.

Initiative Measure No. 735, which urges the Washington state congressional delegation to propose a federal constitutional amendment that reserves constitutional rights for people and not corporations, passed statewide with 62.91 percent of votes. Stevens County voters were against this initiative, with the majority (56.72 percent) rejecting it.

For a complete list of statewide results for the Nov. 8 Elections, go to http://vote.wa.gov/results.

Information gathered from the Stevens County Election Department and the Washington State Secretary of State. Numbers are current as of Nov. 14 at 4:56 p.m.