Jefferson County results for state races
While not all the votes in Oregon have been counted, Jefferson County voters have weighed in on state and national races in the May 19 primary election.
Local Democrats favored Joe Biden for president at 78.6%. But the rest of Democrats voted for candidates who had dropped out of the race, or they wrote someone in: 8.99% voted for Bernie Sanders; 5.56% supported Elizabeth Warren; 2.65% were behind Tulsi Gabbard; and 4.2% wrote in a candidate. The total number of votes counted was 1,547. Biden was winning across the state at 9:30 p.m., with 68.77% of the Democrats' total.
A strong majority of Republicans voted for President Donald Trump, with 96.77% of the 2,258 votes tallied. Seventy-three Republicans, or 3.23%, wrote a candidate's name in.
County Democrats were firmly behind incumbent Sen. Jeff Merkley, 97.91% of 1,436 votes. Just 30 people wrote in a name in that race.
In the Republican contest, Jo Rae Perkins garnered 42.9% of the 2,056 votes, with Paul J. Romero at 34.24%, Robert Schwartz at 14.35% and John Verbeek at 7.88%.
At 9:27 p.m., Perkins was in the lead statewide.
County Democrats were divided in their support of a candidate for the 2nd Congressional District. Alex Spenser led with 31.3% of the 1,227 votes. Behind him were Nik Heuertz, with 22.82%, Chris Vaughn, with 22.74%, Jack Howard, with 10.76%, and John Holm, with 9.7%. Spenser was also just sightly ahead across the district at 9:29 p.m.
In the closely watched Republican race for the 2nd Congressional District, Cliff Bentz was in the lead among Jefferson County Democrats, 35.68% of 2,318 total votes. Knute Buehler had 30.2%, and Jimmy Crumpacker was in third 20.92%. The other eight Republican candidates failed to get more than 6% of county Republicans' votes. At 9:27 p.m., Bentz was nine points ahead across the district.
In the Democratic race for secretary of state, Crooked River Ranch resident Jamie McLeod-Skinner had 51.08% of local Democrats' 1,484 votes, followed by Mark Hass, with 27.16% and Shemia Fagan with 20.69%. Statewide, Hass was in first, followed by Fagan, and McLeod-Skinner was in third at 9:32 p.m.
On the Republican side, local voters overwhelmingly supported Kim Thatcher, give her 82.2% of the 2,079 votes in the race, with Dave Stauffer garnering 17.32%. The totals were similar to statewide returns as of 9:35 p.m.
Local Democrats supported Warm Springs resident Carina Miller for state senator in the 30th District, giving her 98.54% of 1,235 votes.
In that Republican race, Jefferson County voters were nearly unanimous in their support of incumbent Lynn Findley, who gained 99.11% of 1,799 votes.
Incumbent Daniel Bonham received strong support from county Republicans in his reelection bid for the 59th District of the state House of Representatives, with 99.51% of 1,845 votes.
County Democrats gave 76.29% of 1,025 votes to Arlene Burns in that race, compared to 21.37% for Tyler Gabriel. Burns was also ahead across the district, 79.33% of the votes as of 9:34 p.m.
County voters supported incumbent state Supreme Court Justice Thomas Balmer, giving him a 66.97% to 32.73% lead over challenger Van Pounds. Balmer was faring slightly better statewide, with 72.9% of the vote as of 9:33 p.m.
They also supported incumbent Joel Devore for the Court of Appeals, but by a lesser margin. He gained 58.57% of the votes, compared to 41.17% for Kyle Krohn. Those totals were very close to the statewide totals as of 9:32 p.m.
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