In a stunning result, Donald Trump was elected early Wednesday morning as the 45th president of the United States. As reported by many news agencies, it was a largely unexpected victory for the, as the Associated Press put it, ?celebrity businessman and political novice who capitalized on voters? economic anxieties, took advantage of racial tensions and overcame a string of sexual assault allegations on his way to the White House.?
At the same time, Republicans retained control of both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives.
Trump, the first person elected to the presidency with no government or military experience, was able to carry all four of the major swing states that had been considered by experts to be key to his victory, or virtually out of reach. Those were Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and North Carolina. His victories in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin were viewed as very surprising since the Republican presidential candidate had not won there since the 1980s. In addition, Trump carried Ohio. No GOP president has ever won the election without winning the Buckeye State.
Overall, Clinton won 16 states, and Trump won 34 states.
In Nevada, Hillary Clinton won only Washoe and Clark counties, but that was all she needed to carry the state over Trump by a margin of 537,753 votes (47.89 percent) to Trump?s 511,319 (45.53 percent).
Democrats took all four of the Congressional races up for grabs in this election. Catherine Cortez-Masto, the former state attorney general, won over Congressman Joe Heck for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Harry Reid by a margin of 47.07 percent to 44.7 percent. Dina Titus easily won re-election over Mary Perry, 61.85 to 28.81 percent. Jackie Rosen topped Danny Tarkanian in the 3rd Congressional District 47.23 to 45.97 percent. And Rueben Kihuen ousted 4th Congressional District incumbent Cresent Hardy 48.49 percent to 44.55 percent.
All four major statewide ballot measures were approved. Question 2 approved recreational marijuana, with 602,400 (54.4 percent) voting yes to 503,615 (45.5 percent) no. Therefore, on January 1, it will be legal for adults 21 and older in Nevada to possess up to an ounce of marijuana or up to one-eighth of an ounce of cannabis concentrate.
Question 1, expanding gun background checks, won by a very thin margin, 50.45 percent to 49.55 percent.
In addition, a pair of constitutional amendments will both need a second round of voter approval in a later election to become law. Both Questions 3 and 4 passed by nearly 3-to-1 vote margins.
As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Question 3, referred to as the Energy Choice Initiative, would allow for an open energy market in the state and supporters say that would end the energy monopoly held by NV Energy. Question 4 would require state lawmakers to exempt medical devices from the statewide sales tax. The current statewide sales tax is 6.85 percent.
Unlike other ballot measures, Questions 3 and 4 are constitutional amendments, which means they will require a second passage by voters in the 2018 general election to become law.
Lincoln County Clerk Lisa Lloyd reported there was a total turnout, including early and absentee ballots, of 2,137 voters in the county (78.6 percent).
Voters in Lincoln County, joined the other 15 counties that voted for Trump in the presidential election. Trump received 1,671 votes to 285 for Clinton. The vote for none of these candidates got 84 votes.
In the Congressional races, Lincoln County went Republican. 1,609 for Heck, 315 for Cortez-Masto, and the 4th Congressional District, 1,676 for Cresent Hardy and 261 for Reuben Kihuen.
Pete Goicoechea was reelected to the state Senate over Democrat challenger Janine Hansen by a wide margin of 76.45 percent to 23.55.
James Ellison was unopposed for the State Assembly in District 33. James Oscarson was re-elected to the Assembly in District 36 over Dennis Hoff by a margin of 60.76 percent to 39.24 percent. Oscarson carried Lincoln County over Hof by a count of 511 to 110.
For seats on the County Commission, Adam Katschke and Varlin Higbee were both unopposed. Nate Katschke was unopposed for the seat from District E to replace Paul Mathews.
On the statewide ballot questions, voters in Lincoln County said No on Question 1, expand gun background checks, 1,868 to 247, No on Question 2, recreational marijuana, 1,420 to 695, yes on Question 3, energy choice, 1,143 to 947, yes on Question 4, medical equipment sales tax exemption, 1,229 to 850.
A couple of issues specific to only Lincoln County both lost. No on the fuel tax increase 1,544 to 550 and no on general obligation school bonds, 1,216 to 864.