May 202014
Really low voter turnout, especially statewide...

Really low voter turnout, especially statewide…

There’s not a lot of votes still left to count so there’s no doubt that incumbent Lincoln County Commissioner Terry Thompson will face a run-off race in the November election. With 90% of the vote counted, Thompson leads challenger Dick Anderson, Lincoln City Mayor, 42% to 26% – 1,500 or so votes separating them.

The two other candidates, in Position 3, Newport City Councilor David Allen is coming in last, but not by much, Allen garnering 15% of the votes to Joe Hitselberger’s 16%.

In Position 3, incumbent Doug Hunt easily bested challenger and Newport City Planning Commission Chairman James Patrick 62% to 38%. Hunt is elected outright – his first election to the office. He was earlier appointed to fill the unfinished portion of commissioner Don Lindly’s term.

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With 90% of the vote in, Yachats voters appear to be telling city hall that it’s okay to go ahead and spend up to $400,000 on more parking areas for the downtown area from a willing seller or sellers. So far the vote is 57% yes, 43% no. The idea behind the purchase is to make up for parking lost due to the ODOT downtown “redo” that includes broad sidewalks, bicycle lanes, boutique parking, flower planters and safer turning movements in getting on or of Highway 101 as it meanders through town.

In the 5th Congressional race, incumbent Democrat Kurt Schrader walked away with the primary election racking up 84% of democratic votes. Republican challenger Tootie Smith, who is decidedly a Tea Party enthusiast, won 61% of republican votes. Based on the partisan split, it appears that Schrader has nearly 6,000 more votes on his side of the partisan divide than Smith.

In the race for Governor, incumbent John Kitzhaber appears to have a decided total vote advantage over his Republican challenger Dennis Richardson. The total statewide tally (with only 15.4% voting) showed Kitzhaber with 137,000 votes to Richardson’s 79,000 votes. It appears that Mr. Richardson has some pretty heavy lifting ahead of him.

In the U.S. Senate seat race, incumbent Democrat Jeff Merkley easily won his party’s nomination for re-election racking up nearly 142,000 votes statewide. Republican challenger and Portland doctor Monica Wehby stacked up about 70,000 votes.

Again, very light turnout.

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