Trump Is Chosen 45th United States President
After a hard-fought campaign and a close election on Tuesday, Nov. 8, Republican Donald Trump was chosen to become the 45th president of the United States. His opponent, Hillary Clinton, a Democrat conceded in a brief phone call to Trump shortly after 2 a.m. eastern time on Wednesday morning, Nov. 9.
Trump had garnered 276 electoral votes, compared with 218 for Clinton, with 44 electoral college votes still undecided. Over 118 million votes had been counted.
In Marinette County, with all votes reported, the tally was 12,995 for Trump and his running mate Gov. Michael R. Pence to 6,243 for Clinton and her running mate Tim Kaine.
There were a 80 votes for Constitution candidates Darrell L. Castle and Scott N. Bradley; 507 for Libertarians Gary Johnson and Bill Weld; 131 for Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka from the Wisconsin Green Party, and a few scattered votes for others.
In his acceptance speech, Trump pledged to be a president for all Americans. "Such a beautiful and important evening," Trump declared in a Tweet posted at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9. "The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again. We will all come together as never before."
According to national news media and a White House news release, President Barrack Obama phoned Trump Wednesday to congratulate him and invite him to the White House to discuss the transition.
News in congressional races was also good for Republicans with a few races still unsettled at press time. It appears that Republicans will retain control in the House and possibly will have a majority in the Senate as well.
Senator Ron Johnson was returned to office with 1,477,367 votes, 12,597 of them from Marinette County. Former Senator Russ Feingold lost with 1,379,070 votes statewide and 6,502 in Marinette County.
Political newcomer Mike Gallagher, Republican, won the District 8 House of Representatives seat being vacated by incumbent Reid Ribble, also a Republican, who did not seek reelection. Gallagher drew 227,732 votes statewide, 13,210 of them from Marinette County, compared to 135,648 for Democrat Tom Nelson statewide, and 6,199 in Marinette County.
For State Senate District 12 representing voters from Crivitz north in Marinette County, incumbent Sen. Tom Tiffany, a Republican won reelection by a large margin, with 57,189 votes to 33,711 for Democrat challenger Bryan Van Stippen. Marinette County voters supported Tiffany by a two to one margin, with 6,418 votes to 3,143 for Van Strippen.
State Senator Dave Hansen, a Democrat, won reelection with 40,208 votes compared to 38,169 for challenger Eric Wimberger, a Republican. Vote in Marinette County was very close, with 4,889 for Hansen and 4,871 for Wimberger.
Republican incumbent John Nygren was reelected to his seat as representative to the State Assembly for District 89, which includes the southern half each of Marinette and Oconto Counties. He drew 6,725 votes to 3,017 for challenger Heidi Fencl, a Democrat.
Incumbent Jeffrey Mursau, a Republican, who represents Distinct 36 in the Wisconsin State Assembly, drew 8,147 votes in his unopposed bid for reelection.
Marinette County officials who had no opposition for reelection included District Attorney Allen Brey, a Democrat, 14,312 votes, and Republicans County Clerk Kathy Brandt, 16,839 votes (the highest total for anyone on the Marinette County ballot); County Treasurer Bev Noffke, 16,562 votes, and Register of Deeds Renee Miller, 16,510 votes.
Early voting was heavy, but overall, voter turnout in Wisconsin hit a 20-year low on Tuesday. In Marinette County, 20,650 voters cast their ballots, which is approximately 84 percent of eligible voters. That was less than the 20,889 ballots that were cast in 2012.
In a news release Wednesday morning, Gallagher declared, "As your Congressman, I am read to roll up my sleeves and fight every day to make our government work for We the People. We won't achieve change overnight but I'm convinced that through focused hard work and principled leadership we can make our country safer, stronger, and more free."
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