Despite what was projected to be a tight General Election Tuesday night in a majority of local races, as well as the high-profile presidential showdown between Republican Donald Trump, when the final ballot was counted the end result proved anything but, as the GOP swept every race in decisive fashion.
The presidential race remained very close through a majority of the evening state wide, but locally the margin was slanted heavily to the right as Donald Trump and running mate Mike Pence ran away with 8,400 votes (57.12%).
Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine came in with 5,370 votes and just over 36% of Lincoln County residents in support (36.52%).
Gary Johnson and running mate William Weld pulled in a majority of third party voters with 595 and 4.05% of county voters.
In terms of a local referendum on Tuesday, Lincoln County voters were asked “Should the elected office of Merrill Street Commissioner be eliminated?”
Voters responded with an overwhelming answer of “No” by a margin of 2,238 (60.39%) to 1,468 “Yes” votes (39.61)
Results of local Congressional, Senatorial and Assembly Races:
Ron Johnson (REP). 8,031 55.14%
Russ Feingold (DEM) 5,785 39.72
Phillip N. Anderson (LIB) 743 5.10
WRITE-IN 5 .03
7th Congressional Race
Sean Duffy (REP) 9,039 62.54%
Mary Hoeft (DEM) 5,406 37.40
WRITE-IN. 9 .06
12th Senatorial Race
Tom Tiffany (REP) 8,665 60.42%
Bryan Van Stippen (DEM) 5,668 39.52
WRITE-IN 8 .06
35th Assembly Race
Mary Czaja (REP) 8,902 62.88%
Renea Frederick (DEM) 5,241 37.02
WRITE-IN. 13 .09
Overall voter turnout was down slightly from the 2012 Presidential election. Of 22,441 registered voters in Lincoln County, 14,815 (66.02%)