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Sanders, Trump win; so do Deschutes 911, Sisters schools


A dramatic national race for the White House spurred many Central Oregon voters to cast primary ballots. In Tuesday night’s early count, Democrat Bernie Sanders held a widening lead over Hillary Clinton and presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump was winning handily.

Here’s direct links to the statewide and Central Oregon county election results pages.


Crook County: (Has a link to the results PDF)

Jefferson County:

Deschutes County:

In the early returns, Bernie Sanders was ahead of Hillary Clinton by a few hundred votes, 49 to 49 percent — but by 8:30 p.m., the Vermont senator widened it to a 53-to-46 percent lead. Donald Trump had about 64 percent of the Republican votes, with John Kasich at 18 percent and Ted Cruz about 16 percent.

Although there were statewide primary races for governor and U.S. Senate, it was the secretary of state race that prompted the most interest, especially the three well-known Democrats running for that nomination – Brad Avakian, Richard Devlin and Val Hoyle, and Republicans Sid Leiken and Dennis Richardson.

But there were several other contested races, and the first contested races in the Independent Party, Oregon’s newly declared third major party.

On the Democrat side in the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Ron Wyden had 84 percent of the vote, with Kevin Stine second at 12 perrcent and Paul Weaver at 3 percent. On the Republican side, Mark Callahan was topping three challengers with 37 perent of the vote, to 31 percent for Bend businessman Sam Carpenter. Wyden and Callahan would face Independent Party candidate Steven Reynolds, who defeated Marvin Sandnes, 42 to 20 percent (with nearly 38 percent write-ins)

In the race for governor, incumbent Kate Brown, the former secretary of state who took the position after John Kitzhaber’s resignation, easily outdistanced five challengers with 84 percent of the vote, while on the Republican side, Bud Pierce was winning the nomination with 47 percent of the vote to 30 percent for Allen Alley. Cliff Thomason was winning the Independent Party nomination, with 36 percent of the vote to 26 percent for Patrick Barney (though again the write-ins were sizable, at 38 percent).

In the closely watched race for secretary of state, Democrat Brad Avakian (the current labor commissioner) was ahead with 39 percent to 33 percent for Val Hoyle and 26 percent for Richard Devlin. Avakian will face Republican Dennis Richardson, an easy (77-22 percent) winner over Sid Leiken, and Independent Paul Wells, who ran unopposed.

On the High Desert, in early returns, Ken Fahlgren was leading the three-way race for Crook County judge, with 41 percent, to 38 percent for Seth Crawford and 21 percent for Craig Burkhart. If no one gets 50 percent, the top two vote-getters face off in the fall.

The same goes for the seven-way county commission race, where Jerry Brummer had 34 percent in early returns to lead Jason Carr at 21 percent and Pete Sharp at 15 percent.

Deschutes County’s 911 district was handily winning (71 to 29 percent) its new, permanent tax district in late Tuesday night results, combining two separate previous levies but holding to the same tax rates for at least the next two years. The Sisters School District was narrowly winning approval of its $10.7 million money measure, 52 to 48 percent, a margin of 95 votes out of nearly 2,400 cast.

In Jefferson County, Commissioner Wayne Fording was easily defeating challenger Daniel Thomason, 50 to 25 percent. In the three-way race for county treasurer, Brandie McNamee had 42 percent of the vote to 17 percent for Anzie Adams and 15 percent for Glennys Lindsay.

We’ll have the latest results on NewsChannel 21 at Ten on Fox and 11 on NBC

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