Eisenhour overwhelms Smith with landslide wins at precinct level in race for Jefferson County commissioner

Analysis of unofficial precinct returns gives Eisenhour majority vote in 37 of 39 precincts

Posted 11/5/20

Heidi Eisenhour won the majority vote in 37 of Jefferson County's 39 precincts in the race for the District 1 seat on the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners, according to an analysis of …

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Eisenhour overwhelms Smith with landslide wins at precinct level in race for Jefferson County commissioner

Analysis of unofficial precinct returns gives Eisenhour majority vote in 37 of 39 precincts

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Heidi Eisenhour won the majority vote in 37 of Jefferson County's 39 precincts in the race for the District 1 seat on the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners, according to an analysis of unofficial precinct returns in the 2020 General Election.

Lorna Smith won the majority vote in just one precinct.

Smith also won her home precinct, Discovery Bay, but not by a majority and with just one vote.

Smith picked up 321 votes to Eisenhour's 320 votes in Discovery Bay, according to the unofficial tally Wednesday afternoon. It was a plurality win for Smith; she had 49.4 percent of the vote, and Eisenhour had 49.3 percent. There were eight write-in ballots cast in Discovery Bay.

In the countywide vote, Eisenhour won 57.98 percent of all ballots cast, while Smith finished with 39.79 percent, according to the second vote tally Wednesday.

Write-in ballots were 2.22 percent of the vote.

Eisenhour led from the gate.

On Election Night, she had 58.04 percent of the vote, and 10,164 votes.

In Wednesday's updated tally, another 1,246 ballots in the race were counted, and most went Eisenhour's way.

Eisenhour picked up another 712 votes in the updated tally, while Smith got 465.

A review of unofficial precinct returns shows Eisenhour dominated in the county's largest precincts.

Eisenhour won 18 of 19 precincts in Jefferson County that have more than 500 registered voters.

Smith won one; her home precinct of Discovery Bay.

Eisenhour won her home precinct of Hadlock by a landslide, amassing 61.5 percent of all ballots cast.

Out of the county's 39 precincts, Eisenhour won 13 precincts with 60 percent or more of the vote.

Eisenhour did best in the precinct of Port Ludlow III, with a whopping 68.7 percent of the vote.

She did next best in Queets, with 67.5 percent.

Eisenhour also found landslide support of 60 percent or better in five of 11 precincts in Port Townsend.

In Port Townsend's 710 precinct, she won 64.3 percent of all ballots cast.

Strong support in Port Townsend also came in the precincts of PT 703 (63.9 percent); PT 702 (63.1 percent); PT 704 (62 percent);

and PT 701 (61.8 percent).

Eisenhour also found broad support in the precincts of South Jacob (63 percent); Chimacum II (61.6 percent); Port Ludlow (60.8 percent); and Port Ludlow IV (61.2 percent).

Total turnout for the 2020 General Election was pegged at 80.12 percent Wednesday.

A total of 22,194 ballots have been counted so far from the county's 27,701 registered voters.

Not everyone who cast ballots voted in the District 1 commissioner's race.

A total of 3,435 Jefferson County residents submitted ballots that did not include a choice in the contest.

That represents 15.4 percent of all ballots counted through Wednesday.

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Pamela Roberts

There were about 15,500 people who voted for Gov. Inslee - these represent the Democrats who voted in this election.

There were about 6,500 people who voted for Culp - these represent the Republicans who voted in this election.

That creates a total of about 22,000 people who voted in the election overall.

Einsenhour received about 11,000 votes - about half the Democratic total plus 3,000 Republicans.

Lorna Smith received about 7,500 votes - about half the Democratic total.

The remainder of the 3500 Republicans did not vote for either candidate in the County Commissioner race, which explains the under vote in this position.

This situation is not surprising, given Lorna Smith's leadership in creating the indoor-only gun range ordinance and her visible support of Black Lives Matter. Lorna was well aware of the local Republican opposition to her candidacy over these two important issues. Let's hope that going forward our leaders will muster the courage during these difficult times to take a stand on the important social justice and environmental issues of the day despite the opposition from the right we are currently living through. In particular we have way too much at stake to allow the right to set the tone for climate change and social justice. Together we must push back against those who claim that climate action is unnecessary or that social justice issues are unimportant in Jefferson County. On these issues we must all take a stand.

Friday, November 6, 2020