Trump wins presidency, Testin unseats Lassa, Mallison new treasurer
Portage County residents took to the booths Tuesday, Nov. 8, to cast their votes for many elected offices ranging from Portage County treasurer to president of the United States.
President-elect Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton with 279 Electoral College votes. Clinton received 228 votes. A presidential candidate needs 270 to win the election.
In terms of popular vote nationwide, Trump received 59,483,240 votes and Clinton received 59,294,288 votes.
In Wisconsin, which has a total of 10 Electoral College votes, Trump received 48 percent of the popular vote with 1,407,401 votes and Clinton received 47 percent with 1,380,512 votes.
In Portage County, however, Clinton received more votes. Trump received 17,310 votes and Clinton received 18,524.
Republican Ron Johnson beat Democratic Party candidate Russ Feingold with 50 percent of the votes. He received 1,477,367 votes while Feingold received 1,379,070 votes (47 percent) and Libertarian Party candidate Phillip N. Anderson received 87,176 votes (3 percent).
Democrat Ron Kind was unopposed for the District 3 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In Portage County, Johnson received 17,546 votes, Feingold received 18,983 votes and Anderson received 1,397 votes.
Republican Patrick Testin defeated incumbent Democrat Julie Lassa for the District 24 seat in the Wisconsin State Senate.
Testing received 45,136 votes (52 percent) and Lassa received 41,083 votes (48 percent).
In Portage County, Testin received 17,460 votes and Lassa received 19,841 votes.
Incumbent Republican Nancy VanderMeer beat challenging Democrat Mark Holbrook for the Assembly District 70 seat.
VanderMeer received 16,959 votes (62 percent) while Holbrook received 10,254 votes (38 percent).
In Portage County, VanderMeer received 2,691 votes and Holbrook received 2,325 votes.
Incumbent Democrat Katrina Shankland ran unopposed for the Assembly District 71 seat.
Democrat David Gorske challenged incumbent Republican Scott Krug for the Assembly District 72 seat and lost.
Krug received 15,972 votes (57 percent) and Gorske received 12,278 votes (43 percent).
In Portage County, Krug received 1,066 votes and Gorske received 678 votes.
Democrat Shirley Simmons ran unopposed for the Portage County clerk position.
Democrat Tom Mallison beat Jeff Presley, an independent, for the treasurer position.
Mallison received 20,865 votes and Presley received 10,706 votes.
Democrat Cynthia A. Wisinski ran unopposed for the register of deeds position.
Also on the ballot this election were two referendum regarding the future of the proposed government center project and residents in the Almond/Bancroft voted to advise the Almond/Bancroft School Board whether or not it should close the Bancroft area school.
In the government center referendum, 21,913 people voted against the project, while 13,916 in favor of it.
In the Almond/Bancroft referendum, 817 voted to move the school’s programs while 454 voted to keep the programs at Bancroft School.