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The Clatsop County Elections Division will likely conduct a recount of ballots in the race for Gearhart mayor cast in the Nov. 6 General Election.

Just two votes separate the two candidates. Dianne Widdop received 346 votes to Bob Shortman's 344 based on the current unofficial tally.

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Long-time Astoria ward 2 City Councillor Peter Roscoe lost his seat in Tuesday's election as voters prefered challenger Drew Herzig putting the folk dance instructor and gay rights activist on a council that has stressed a "teamwork" approach to decision making.  Herzig has said that teamwork comes second and "the people" come first

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Election officials estimate that hundreds of thousands of votes are left to count in the race for governor of Washington.  Democrat Jay Inslee held a promising lead after nearly 2 million votes were counted Tuesday, carrying 51 percent of ballots. Republican Rob McKenna was struggling in King County, which also held many of the votes still left to count.

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Washington voters legalized recreational pot use on Tuesday, but people shouldn't expect to see marijuana legitimately for sale anytime soon.

Initiative 502 would create a system of state-licensed marijuana growers, processors and retail stores, where adults over 21 can buy up to an ounce. It also establishes a standard blood test limit for driving under the influence.  A related measure also passed in Colorado, while another marijuana legalization initiative in Oregon was defeated.

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The updated unofficial elections results released by the Clatsop County Clerks office. In the county's tightly contested races the third results showing:

  • Clatsop County Sheriff- Tom Bergin leading with 55.4% of the votes over Jim Pierce's 44%.
  • Astoria Ward 2 - Drew Herzig 53% to Peter Roscoe's 46%
  • Astoria Ward 4 - Russ Warr with 91%
  • Warrenton Commissioner Position 1 - Mark Kujala with 69.5% to Merianne Myers 30%
  • Warrenton Commissioner Position 2 - Henry Balensifer III with 53.6% to Roble Anderson 46%
  • Warrenton Commissioner Position 3 - Tom Dyer with 58.5% to Ken Yuill with 34.2%
  • In Clatsop County Measure 80 which would have allowed personal use of marijauana - 53% rejecting that measure.
  • In Clatsop County Measure 81 which would have prohibited gilnet fishing in Oregon - 87% rejecting that measure.
  • In Warrenton 87.5% voting to amend the charter requiring the election of Mayor.

Click here to view a full copy of the latest results online.

Previous: first unnoficial / second unofficial

Voters have rejected a measure aimed at prohibiting gillnets for nontribal commercial fishermen on the Columbia River.  The measure faced an uphill climb after the recreational fishing groups who supported it reversed their position.

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President Barack Obama has defeated Mitt Romney in Oregon, but results are coming in at a margin slightly smaller than Obama's big victory in the state four years ago.

With just under half the vote counted, Obama was ahead with 55 percent, compared with 42 percent for Romney.

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Here are some of the 2012 statewide election results in Oregon:

  • Deborah Boone elected State Representative for District 32
  • Bonamici, Dem, elected House, District 1, Oregon.
  • Walden, GOP, elected House, District 2, Oregon.
  • Earl Blumenauer, Dem, elected U.S. House, District 3, Oregon.
  • Peter DeFazio, Dem, elected U.S. House, District 4, Oregon.
  • Kurt Schrader, Dem, elected U.S. House, District 5.
  • Ellen Rosenblum, Dem, elected OR Attorney General
  • Ted Wheeler, Dem, elected OR Treasurer
  • Kate Brown, Dem, elected Secretary of State
  • OR Measure 78 - Constitutional Language, approved
  • OR Measure 82 - Casino Expansion, rejected
  • OR Measure 81 - Gillnet Fishing, rejected, Oregon
  • OR Measure 85 - Kicker Rebates, approved
  • OR Measure 80 - Legalize Marijuana, rejected

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