What Idahoans would say to America's new president
It’s Election Day! The latest from Idaho and across the nation:
12:53 a.m.: A few last late notes on local races...
Canyon County results are still pending, but the College of Western Idaho’s bond issue seems to have failed — though it has secured a majority of the vote so far, it fell short of the 2/3rds needed to pass.
Bond issues for the Meridian Library District and Western Ada Recreation District have also failed.
Rupert attorney Robyn Brody has a 55% lead over Nampa Sen. Curt McKenzie to become Idaho’s next Supreme Court justice.
Republican Rick Visser will be Ada County’s newest commissioner, capturing 53.7% of the vote over Democrat TJ Thomson and continuing a pattern of GOP control of the county commission.
With that, we’re calling it a night for this blog. Thank you for following along, and please continue to check our election results page for the final items from Canyon County and elsewhere in the state.
12:40 a.m.: Earlier, Clinton’s campaign manager said she would not concede tonight and would have no statement. That’s apparently changed, claims CNN, which reports she has called Trump to concede.
12:33 a.m.: With a victory in Wisconsin, Donald J. Trump will be the next president of the United States, says the Associated Press.
12:32 a.m.: Some notes from around the state...
Rep. Heather Scott, a far-right GOP lawmaker whose supporters were accused of harassing Democrats this fall in North Idaho, is winning her District 1 race against Democrat Kate McAlister.
In District 5, Democratic Sen. Dan Schmidt and Rep. Paulette Jordan are behind in their races so far. And though the secretary of state’s page has no details yet on House Minority Leader John Rusche, Nez Perce County results show he lost in at least that county. (His District 6 also includes Lewis County.)
Rep. Christy Perry so far is leading a four-way race to retain her seat, with 70% of the listed vote. Perry was one of two state lawmakers investigated this year after news broke of an affair between the two; House and Senate leaders found no significant related misuse of public funds. The other lawmaker, Sen. Jim Guthrie, is also ahead in his District 28 race so far.
District 26 is a conflicted district, lumping liberal Sun Valley in with rural, conservative Camas, Lincoln and Gooding counties. So far, two Democratic seats there are being held — those of Sen. Michelle Stennett and retiring Rep. Donna Pence, with Democrat Sally Toone vying to replace Pence. Rep. Steve Miller, the lone GOP member of the district, at the moment is losing to Democrat Kathleen Eder, but her lead is narrow at 51.3%.
Pocatello Rep. Mark Nye, a Democrat, faced two challengers, a Republican and a Libertarian. So far he’s got a short lead with 48% of the vote; GOP challenger Tom Katsilometes has 44.9%.
12:19 a.m.: Our technical issues have been fixed and our local results should start flowing again to this page. Thank you all for your patience.
12:15 a.m.: Legislative District 15 will remain in GOP hands. Sen. Fred Martin and Reps. Lynn Luker and Patrick McDonald rebuffed three Democratic opponents, with all 15 precincts in the district now counted. The closest margin came for Luker, who in a rematch with Berch eked out 50.8% of the vote.
Longtime Sheriff Rick Layher chose not to run again. Republican Mike Hollinshead beat independent Roy McCallum for that job, 6,043 votes to 2,076.
Prosecutor Kristina Schindele, a Democrat appointed in 2005, ran unopposed for re-election until this year. Republican Daniel Page unseated her by a similar margin.
12:04 a.m.: Back to Trump! The general course of the evening hasn’t changed. AP now has Trump just 4 electoral votes away, having secured Pennsylvania.
While it doesn’t look like anyone’s calling it for Trump yet, the math as displayed by the AP is completely against Clinton. Trump leads in Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin, and he only has to win one of those to win the presidency.
(As I posted this, CNN reports that Clinton will not speak tonight. Campaign chair John Podesta says Clinton will not concede tonight.)
11:52 p.m.: Many Boiseans likely saw signs for Tabby Jolley this election season — the District 17 House candidate, a Republican, ran the most public race of all that district’s challengers.
But so far, incumbent Democratic Rep. Sue Chew has a 63% lead over Jolley with 10 of 15 precincts counted. Her seatmates, Rep. John Gannon and Sen. Maryanne Jordan, have similar margins of success in their races.
11:47 p.m.: Two years ago, the Idaho Legislature failed to convince voters to pass a constitutional amendment cementing lawmakers’ ability to review and reject state administrative rules. Such rules are how state agencies enact the laws passed by the Legislature.
This year, lawmakers tried again, and so far they’re having more success. HJR 5 has 54.5% support as of the latest updates.
11:38 p.m.: So far, just 59% of Ada and Canyon voters are supporting the $180 million College of Western Idaho bond. The college had argued the bond was necessary to give it some permanent space after years of massive growth. But the support is in a common problematic range for bond issues, which require 66.7% support to pass. In recent years, many bond attempts across Idaho will get some majority support, but not enough to clear that hurdle. Why? It varies: Concern over raising taxes, exhaustion with bond issues (particularly for school districts), or worry over how boards and commissions will use the money.
11:32 p.m.: It’s back and forth, back and forth for the Ada County Commission race between Rick Visser and TJ Thomson. Ada County tends to elect Republican county commissioners. With 90 of 145 precincts, Visser is back in the lead 52% to 48%.
11:26 p.m.: Five precincts are in for Canyon County so far, and Sheriff Kieran Donahue is comfortably ahead (77%) of perennial challenger Robert Muse (23%). That county is also narrowly against the $180 million CWI construction bond issue, with 48% in favor so far. (The bond needs 2/3rds support to pass.)
11:21 p.m.: Elmore County voters will pick a new sheriff and decide whether to keep a longtime prosecutor. But problems with an optical scan machine have delayed results, staff there say. Hopefully, some might be published in about 10 minutes.
11:18 p.m.: One political expert said Idaho Supreme Court candidates are held to “a virtually impossible standard” — asked to run as nonpartisan in an increasingly partisan atmosphere. So far, the Supreme Court candidate with strong political ties and lobbyist backing — Sen. Curt McKenzie — is losing the lone contested seat on that body this election. Robyn Brody started the night with a strong lead and has continued it, 57% to 43%.
11:13 p.m.: Apologies to readers using our election results page — we’ve encountered some technical issues that are slowing updates there. We’ll continue to post updates here as promptly as possible.
10:54 p.m. In other news, national media reports the Canadian immigration website has crashed.
10:49 p.m. Legislative District 15 (Ada County) Senate: Incumbent Republican Fred Martin is trailing Democratic challenger Laura Metzler.
10:32 p.m. With 31 percent of Ada County precincts reporting, two tight races are forming — Ada County Commission District 4 (TJ Thomson and Rick Visser) and ACHD Commission Zone 2 (Rebecca Arnold and David Eberle).
10:28 p.m. Clinton wins Nevada, the AP says.
10:25 p.m. In tight N. Idaho race, Nez Perce County reports House Minority Leader John Rusche trails Republican challenger Mike Kingsley.
10:20 p.m. Still waiting on initial results from Canyon County.
10:15 p.m. With 30 of 145 Ada County precincts reporting in the Ada County Commission District 4 race, candidates TJ Thomson and Rick Visser are practically tied.
10:05 p.m.: Trump now has Iowa, the AP says.
10 p.m.: With 25% of the vote in, the AP is giving Utah to Trump, who has 53% of the vote so far. Evan McMullin, a Utah native who presented himself as a conservative alternative to Trump, is essentially tied with Clinton, both around 21.5%.
9:53 p.m.: With less than one-tenth of Idaho precincts counted, Robyn Brody is ahead 61% to 39% in the race for a vacant Supreme Court seat. Her opponent is outgoing Sen. Curt McKenzie.
9:48 p.m.: With 6 of 7 precincts reporting, Adams Sheriff Ryan Zollman is well ahead of challenger Thomas Watts. Adams, of course, is where deputies shot rancher Jack Yantis to death a year ago, triggering state and federal investigations and close scrutiny of the sheriff’s department.
9:46 p.m.: Idaho Legislative District 15 is the only Boise district not held by Democrats. Early on, they appear to be making inroads, with Steve Berch in particular leading at 56% in his race against Rep. Lynn Luker. Challengers Laura Metzler and Jake Ellis are less than 2 percentage points ahead of Sen. Fred Martin and Rep. Patrick McDonald.
9:41 p.m.: Trump has Georgia, says the AP.
9:37 p.m.: In early voting, Ada County voters supported the $180 million College of Western Idaho bond issue 60% to 40%. That measure must clear 66.7% to pass.
9:32 p.m.: The AP has called Washington for Hillary Clinton.
9:27 p.m.: Vote counting is going slow in Canyon County — enough that we shouldn’t expect any initial results until at least 10 p.m., according to the county.
9:25 p.m.: According to the AP, Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona — known nationally for his tough approach to illegal immigration and recently charged with contempt of court — has lost his bid for re-election.
9:22 p.m.: Ada County has published the results of early and absentee voting.
Democrat TJ Thomson starts the evening with a narrow lead over Republican Rick Visser in the Ada County Commission 2nd District race, 52% to 48%.
ACHD Commissioner Rebecca Arnold leads by roughly the same percentage over David Eberle, and fellow ACHD incumbent Sara Baker is well ahead in her three-way race.
58% of early voters liked the Meridian Library District bond, and 50% voted in favor of the Western Ada Recreation District aquatics center bond.
9:14 p.m.: The AP says North Carolina will go for Trump.
9:11 p.m.: As of now, the AP has Trump leading in Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, North Carolina and New Hampshire. If he wins all those states, he’ll pass the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.
9:06 p.m.: Oh, by the way, the AP has already called Idaho for Trump. We’ve got 12 of 962 precincts counted.
AP has also declared Sen. Mike Crapo will win re-election.
And the news organization calls Oregon and California for Clinton.
We’re at 201 Trump, 197 Clinton.
8:55 p.m.: Whoever wins the presidency — whether Trump completes his run tonight or not — the next president will only get a small mandate to govern, and a toxically partisan Washington to work in. “There’s no big mandate for change of a policy nature,” one expert told McClatchy’s David Lightman.
8:52 p.m.: The AP has finally, officially called Florida for Trump. His margin is still less than 2 percentage points.
8:47 p.m.: Trump wins Ohio’s 18 electoral votes, says the AP.
Clinton has Virginia and Colorado.
We’re roughly 10 minutes away from the first batch of Idaho results coming out. Interested in a local race? Watch the local results page linked above.
8:30 p.m.: Idaho usually doesn’t release results until after polls close in the north part of the state. But! We’re now on the AP’s map. Boise County has 113 votes for Trump, 14 for Clinton, 12 for other candidates.
AP calls Missouri for Trump.
8:23 p.m.: AP calls New Mexico for Clinton.
8:08 p.m.: With about 99% of the vote in, Florida is 49.2% Trump, 47.7% Clinton. Gary Johnson is the highest third-party candidate, with 2.2%.
8:07 p.m.: CNN says Dow futures are down 500 points, too.
8:03 p.m.: Our neighbor to the north(east), Montana, goes for Trump.
8 p.m.: Polls are closing in most of Idaho, except for the Pacific time zone and the 5 Ada County precincts we noted earlier.
7:59 p.m.: New from the AP: Asian markets are spooked by Trump’s lead so far tonight. “Rightly or wrongly, markets are going to be concerned about a Trump victory, particularly given the potential consequences for world trade and its impact on many large companies in the U.S. stock market,” said Ric Spooner, chief analyst at CMC Markets in Sydney. He goes on to compare the effects to world markets’ nervousness over Brexit.
7:50 p.m.: With much of the country at least starting to report in, here’s a look at the biggest states in the Electoral College:
Texas (38 electoral votes): Trump.
New York (29): Clinton.
Florida (29): Trump still has the narrow edge here.
Illinois (20): Clinton.
Pennsylvania (20): Clinton is ahead, but just one-fourth of votes are counted.
Ohio (18): With half the vote in, Trump is ahead by 10 points.
California (55): Polls are still open until 9 p.m. Mountain.
At the moment, according to AP: Trump 137, Clinton 104.
7:45 p.m.: Meanwhile, back in Idaho, folks are getting ready for the polls to close.
7:39 p.m.: Connecticut for Clinton, Louisiana for Trump.
Also, AP reports House Speaker Paul Ryan has been re-elected in Wisconsin.
7:30 p.m.: Half an hour yet to vote!
Except... if you’re at one of those five Ada precincts extended until 9 p.m. (1602, 1711, 1806, 1810, 1901). Do you plan to take advantage of that extra hour? We’d love to hear from you. Write email@example.com.
7:23 p.m.: Catching up on a few states...
Arkansas to Trump.
Texas to Trump.
New York to Clinton.
Kansas to Trump.
Wyoming to Trump.
South Dakota to Trump.
Florida, with just 10% of precincts left to count, may be headed for Trump. Lead now nearly 2 percentage points.
Overall, AP currently has 129 electoral votes for Trump, 97 for Clinton.
7 p.m.: One hour left! (And then another hour to wait for Idaho results...)
Meanwhile, Clinton has won Illinois. Trump has North Dakota.
6:57 p.m.: Another state for Trump — Mississippi.
6:54 p.m.: How do you celebrate a presidential campaign? Someone donated a $7,000 cake shaped like Donald Trump’s head to his election party. Have a look:
Naturally, it caught Twitter’s attention.
6:44 p.m.: We’re close to just 1 hour left to vote in Idaho. If you’re out there this evening, tell us how it’s going! Did you breeze through? Are you reading this while stuck in line? Tweet at us (@idahostatesman) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
6:41 p.m.: And the AP calls Rhode Island for Clinton.
6:39 p.m.: Trump secures Alabama. Trump is leading Florida, but only by about 1 percentage point.
6:29 p.m.: Our photographers have been busy today. Check out Election Day photos from across the Valley here.
6:20 p.m.: Wow! Look how close Florida is.
6:16 p.m.: More states called! Trump gets Tennessee and South Carolina.
6:14 p.m.: These last two hours of voting (well, 3 if you’re in those 5 Ada precincts) tend to be tbe busiest in the day, new data from the Ada County Elections Office confirms. If you’re headed out to vote now or if you’re in line, stay patient. You’re performing a vital public service.
6:09 p.m.: Former GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio, who initially had decided not to run again for his U.S. Senate seat, has been re-elected in Florida, says the AP.
6:07 p.m.: What’s an Idaho vote worth? A reminder: In the Electoral College, our 4 votes are on par with Maine, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. A couple of states (Wyoming, the Dakotas) have less. But much of the country is closer to Tennessee (11) or Colorado (9).
6:05 p.m.: The AP has called Delaware, D.C., Maryland, New Jersey and Massachusetts for Clinton. Trump secures Oklahoma.
6 p.m.: Florida, still considered a key state, is staying close so far. With one-fourth of precincts counted, Clinton leads by less than 2 percentage points.
5:53 p.m.: Stressed out by the election? The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette brought a bunch of kittens into its newsroom and put a live cam on them. Enjoy!
5:40 p.m.: Polls closed at 7 p.m. EST in six states, including the presidential battleground of Virginia. Trump scored his first wins of the night in Indiana and Kentucky and West Virginia. Results are too close to call in Georgia and South Carolina, while Vermont went to Clinton.
In Idaho, polling was extended one hour to 9 p.m. at five new Ada County polling places after a lawsuit by the Idaho Democratic Party. Polls are closing in most of North Carolina at 7:30, but will remain open in 8 precincts in one county due to a computer glitch.
5:24 p.m.: Virginia, Georgia and Florida are also now starting to show up on the AP’s map. But again, it’s a small start — .5% for Florida, 2% for Virginia. Meanwhile, here in the Mountain time zone, you have another 2 1/2 hours to cast your vote.
5:01 p.m.: Early, early early results are starting to show up for Indiana, Kentucky and New Hampshire. With a fraction of results reported, they favor Trump. (UPDATE: The AP has already called Kentucky for Trump.)
5 p.m.: Experts have been warning for months that hackers could try to disrupt Tuesday’s election by penetrating local voting systems. But another target could prove easier to hack: U.S. media outlets offering election night results. Upguard, a Mountain View, Calif., company that assesses how well companies are protecting themselves from hackers, concluded that three major news organizations tallied “pretty abysmal” scores on key criteria to thwart breaches. Those include the Associated Press, perhaps the largest provider of election tabulations in the country. The company didn’t examine McClatchy, which owns the Idaho Statesman.
4:30 p.m.: Some highlights to start with as we near 5 p.m. Mountain, when the first batch of Eastern polls close.
Idaho Democrats sue to extend hours at five Boise precincts: Dean Ferguson, spokesman for the Idaho Democratic Party, says Ada County didn’t do enough to inform voters that their polling places had changed before Tuesday.
Donald Trump’s campaign sued in Nevada over preserving the names of poll workers as part of a complaint over what the campaign calls early voting irregularities. But after an Election Day court hearing, a district judge said the county registrar already is required to keep those records and that entering them in the court record would expose workers to posssible “public attention, ridicule and harassment.”
Long lines require extra ballots in Payette County: Shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday, a voting precinct in Fruitland ran out of the type of paper ballots that voters fill out by coloring in ovals by hand. Lines stretched while the county rushed to provide more, but things are apparently now back to normal, the county says.
Both candidates have posted pleas to vote on social media — Clinton’s is a little more nontraditional:
When results come in, where can you find them? We’ll highlight major developments here, but you can also keep an eye on our running election results tally at this link.