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Republican Kevin Braun easily dominated the race for Fallon County Commissioner Tuesday, getting 766 votes out of 1,526 total votes, according to the unofficial early results posted online.

Brian O’Connor was a write-in with 410 votes, followed by Sandra Kinsey, another write-in with 198 vote. Independent Chuck Lee was fourth with 94 votes, while Pete Rising, another Independent, had 58 votes.

Including write-in votes, the total votes for Fallon County Commissioner District 1 was 1,526.

The results will be certified Nov. 9 by the county canvas board.

According to Brenda Wood, the clerk and recorder election administrator for Fallon County,  83 percent of the mailed ballots were returned by Monday. The county was operating under a vote by mail plan with an in-person option, she explained Tuesday.

“We would like to opt in for mail ballots and most counties would rather do mail ballots. The majority of our voters in Fallon County already get a ballot mailed to them,” Wood said.

The total of 83 percent ballots being returned was as of Monday. “As of Monday we only have about 120 ballots not returned of all the ballots we have sent out. We sent out 1,721.”

On Tuesday, several ballots came in and there still were people registering to vote in the office in the Fallon County Courthouse. “It has been crazy since 7 a.m. (Tuesday) morning,” she said.

More local results

In other local election results posted online Tuesday night, the strong performance by republicans continued in Fallon County with the incumbent president and vice president getting 87 percent of the county votes (1,375), while Democratic challengers Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris had 11 percent (172) of the 1,575 total votes in the county. Libertarians Jo Jorgensen and Jeremy Cohen had two percent (28).

Incumbent Republican Steve Daines got 85 percent of the county votes (1,341) to easily overrun Democrat Steve Bullock’s 235 votes in the race for Daine’s senate seat.

The red wave of Republicans continued in the county with Matt Rosendale getting 84 percent (1,312) of the county vote in the race for the congressional seat, while Democrat Kathleen Williams had 16 percent of the local votes (251), according to the unofficial results posted online.

Congressman Greg Gianforte had a big lead in the race for governor, getting 83 percent of the Fallon County vote (1,288) for himself and his running mate Kristen Juras. Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney and his running mate Casey Schreiner had 14 percent (218) of the county votes, while the Libertarian ticket of Lyman Bishop and John Nesper had three percent (49) of the county’s unofficial vote total (1,555).

Republicans Christi Jacobsen and Austin Knudsen both finished with overwhelming 89 percent margins over their democratic rivals in the county’s unofficial vote.

In the race for state auditor, Republican Troy Downing had an 85 percent total in county votes.

The race for the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction has Republican Elsie Artzen leading with 82 percent of the vote, according to the unofficial totals posted online

In Fallon County, it was Republican Tony O’Donnell with 88 percent of the vote for the Public Service Commissioner District 2 position.

In the race for Supreme Court Justice number 5 position, it was Laurie McKinnon ahead of Mike Black by a 63 percent to 37 percent margin.

Seventy-four percent of Fallon County voters wanted to keep Judge Jim Shea on the Supreme Court for another term while just 26 percent saying no.

In the battle for state representative of District 37, it was Republican Jerry Schillinger far ahead with 92 percent of the county votes, while Libertarian Jacob Kitson far behind with just 113 total votes (eight percent).

Republican Jeraldine Newell was perfect getting all 1,454 unofficial votes in the race for the county’s clerk of the District Court/Public Adminstrator.

Only two of five constitutional items on the ballot were passed by county voters, with Amendment C-46 getting 76 percent and Amendment C-47 getting 72 percent of the vote.

Constitutional Initiative CI-118 lost by a 57 to 43 percent margin, while Legislative Referendum 130 was falling by a narrower 51 to 49 percentage margin and Initiative 190 was being defeated at the county level by a 62 to 38 percentage margin.


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