GOP candidates garner most voters
STAR JOURNAL REPORT
The candidates for President and U.S. Senate who received the most votes in Tuesday’s general election in Wisconsin were also the top vote-getters in Oneida County.
For the first time since 1984, a Republican presidential candidate won the state with Donald Trump edging out Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump picked up around 48 percent of the nearly 3 million votes cast statewide with Clinton receiving 47 percent. The third-party presidential candidate receiving the most votes was Libertarian Gary Johnson with 3.6 percent. The Green Party’s Jill Stein was the only other candidate polling above 1 percent.
County voters favored Trump over Clinton, 11,677-8,103, with Johnson coming in a distant third at 751 and Stein fourth with 191.
In the state’s U.S Senate race, Republican Ron Johnson won his second six-year term against the former three-term Democratic U.S. Senator he defeated six years ago, Russ Feingold. Ron Johnson this year garnered around 50 percent of the vote statewide, compared to about 47 percent for Feingold and Libertarian Phillip N. Anderson at 3 percent.
County voters backed Ron Johnson over Feingold, 12,047-8,292, with Anderson receiving 926 votes.
DUFFY DEFEATS HOEFT
In Wisconsin’s District 7 of the House of Representatives, of which all of Oneida County is included, Republican Sean Duffy won his fourth two-year term with more than 60 percent of the vote to defeat Democratic challenger Mary Hoeft, who taught Communication Arts and French at the University of Wisconsin-Barron County.
County voters also favored Duffy over Hoeft, 13,039-7,874.