November 8, 2016, saw one of the most incredible elections in the history of the United States. The presidential election shocked the world, while down ballot races delivered many surprises. History was made, the world was shocked, and the nation witnessed the most cataclysmic polling error to ever occur. WLHSnow has an up to the minute summary of the results of the election.
Donald Trump has become the 45th president of the United States, winning the election despite a very close popular vote. The result is a shock, considering that many polls showed Clinton with a heavy lead. Results in many states are too close to call, but Donald Trump won between 276 and 300 electoral votes. Votes are yet to be fully tallied, but the result is clear. Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. It remains to be seen whether Trump will follow through on controversial campaign promises.
In Oregon’s senatorial race, Ron Wyden won reelection with 57 percent of the vote. Wyden has been senator since 1996.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Kurt Schrader won re election in Oregon’s fifth district, winning with 54 percent of the vote.
Kate Brown won the race for Oregon governor, in a narrow election. The Latest polls put her votes for at 51 percent. Governor Brown assumed office after John Kitzhaber resigned in 2015. She is the first open member of the LGBT community to be elected Governor.
Measure 97 failed to pass, finishing with 41 percent voting in favor, and 59 percent voting against. The measure was due to place a heavy tax on big businesses.
Measure 98, designed to provide career readiness classes and reduce the dropout rate in High Schools, passed, with a vote of about 60 percent in favor.
Measure 99, designed to use lottery funds to pay for outdoor school, passed with 65 percent in favor.
WEST LINN MAYOR
In West Linn, Russell Axelrod won with 57 percent of the vote. Axelrod has served since 2015.