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Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Bernie Sanders wins Oregon’s Democratic primary, completes sweep of Pacific NW

Ini­tial results in Ore­gon’s 2016 pri­ma­ry elec­tion are in, and they show that Bernie Sanders has won the Beaver State as expect­ed, although not by a huge mar­gin.

Of Ore­gon’s 2,293,928 vot­ers, 954,125 cast bal­lots, for a total turnout of 41%.

In Ore­gon, vot­ers reg­is­ter by par­ty, so we can also com­pare turnout among vot­ers iden­ti­fy­ing with a par­ty. Slight­ly more than half of the state’s Demo­c­ra­t­ic vot­ers turned out, which is a rea­son­ably impres­sive fig­ure for a pri­ma­ry. On the Repub­li­can side, turnout was 47.5%. 478,713 Demo­c­ra­t­ic vot­ers cast bal­lots, com­pared to 326,226 Repub­li­can vot­ers.

Results on the Demo­c­ra­t­ic side for Pres­i­dent were as fol­lows:

Can­di­dateVotesPer­cent­age
Hillary Clin­ton200,44945.56%
Bernie Sanders231,69652.67%
Write-in Votes7,7861.77%
Totals:439,931100%

On the Repub­li­can side, Don­ald Trump eas­i­ly cruised to vic­to­ry, win­ning 65.19% of the vote. John Kasich, who sus­pend­ed his cam­paign dur­ing the mail-in vot­ing peri­od, came in sec­ond place with 16.25%. Ted Cruz was third with 15.79%. No oth­er can­di­dates appeared on the bal­lot for the Repub­li­cans.

In oth­er races:

  • Ore­gon’s senior U.S. Sen­a­tor Ron Wyden eas­i­ly won his par­ty’s nom­i­na­tion, cap­tur­ing 83.76% of the vote. He’ll face Inde­pen­dent Steven Reynolds and Repub­li­can Mark Calla­han in Novem­ber.
  • Each of Ore­gon’s incum­bent U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives won their par­ty nom­i­na­tions as well. Of the incum­bents, Kurt Schrad­er had the small­est mar­gin of vic­to­ry, pos­si­bly owing to some of the not-pro­gres­sive votes he’s tak­en late­ly in Con­gress. Here the matchups for the fall:
    • OR-01: Suzanne Bonam­i­ci (D) v. Bri­an J Hein­rich ®
    • OR-02: Greg Walden ® v. James Carey (D)
    • OR-03: Earl Blu­me­nauer (D) v. David Walk­er (I)
    • OR-04: Peter A DeFazio (D) v. Art Robin­son ®
    • OR-05: Kurt Schrad­er (D) v. Colm Willis ®
  • For Gov­er­nor, Ore­gon’s Demo­c­ra­t­ic vot­ers backed Kate Brown, who gar­nered a com­mand­ing 84% of the vote. Repub­li­can vot­ers picked Bud Pierce, who dom­i­nat­ed a weak field with 46.62% of the vote.
  • In the Sec­re­tary of State’s race, Demo­c­ra­t­ic vot­ers nom­i­nat­ed Brad Avakian, who tri­umphed over Richard Devlin and Val Hoyle. Avakian won with 39.12% of the vote com­pared to Hoyle’s 33.87% and Devlin’s 26.25%. Repub­li­cans over­whelm­ing­ly nom­i­nat­ed Den­nis Richard­son.
  • There was no dra­ma in the Trea­sur­er’s race, as only one can­di­date appeared on each bal­lot. Demo­c­rat Tobias Reed will face Repub­li­can Jeff Gud­man. The Attor­ney Gen­er­al’s race was also a yawn­fest. Demo­c­ra­t­ic incum­bent Ellen Rosen­blum ran unop­posed in the pri­ma­ry. She’ll face Repub­li­can Daniel Zene Crowe, who also ran unop­posed.
  • Gen­er­al­ly speak­ing, there was­n’t much excite­ment in the leg­isla­tive races. How­ev­er, the 40th Dis­trict had an inter­est­ing con­test on the Demo­c­ra­t­ic side for State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Mark Meek cap­tured the nom­i­na­tion with 42.30% of the vote, trailed by Ter­ry Gib­son at 29.37% and Steven Cade at 27.84%. There was an even clos­er race in the 43rd for State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Rober­ta Phillip-Rob­bins nar­row­ly beat out Taw­na Sanchez for the Demo­c­ra­t­ic nom­i­na­tion. She had 49.51% to Sanchez’s 47.69%.

Com­plete state-lev­el results can be viewed here.

In Port­land, Ore­gon’s largest city, there were some lop­sided results:

  • Ted Wheel­er has won the crowd­ed pri­ma­ry for May­or of Port­land. With 66,271 votes, he’s well ahead of every­body else.
  • For Com­mis­sion­er Posi­tion 1, vot­ers backed Aman­da Fritz. For Posi­tion 4, they backed Steve Novick.

Results for Mult­nom­ah Coun­ty can be viewed here.

Ore­gon is the third and final state in the inner Pacif­ic North­west to hold a nom­i­nat­ing event on the Demo­c­ra­t­ic side.

Wash­ing­ton Democ­rats held cau­cus­es on March 26th, while Ida­ho Democ­rats cau­cused sev­er­al days pri­or on March 22nd. Alas­ka and Hawaii Democ­rats also joined Wash­ing­ton Democ­rats in hold­ing cau­cus­es on March 26th.

Mon­tana will be the last state in the Pacif­ic North­west to weigh in. Its pri­ma­ry will take place at the end of the sea­son, on June 7th, along with Cal­i­for­nia, New Jer­sey, South Dako­ta, and New Mex­i­co. North Dako­ta Democ­rats will also cau­cus that day.

The Dis­trict of Colum­bia will hold its pri­ma­ry on June 14th, 2016, at the very end of the nom­i­nat­ing cal­en­dar. At that point, all U.S. juris­dic­tions will have held nom­i­nat­ing events, and the sea­son will have drawn to a close.

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