Thatcher wins as snafu delays results

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Kim Thatcher and Kurt Schrader

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Keizer’s Kim Thatcher retained her 25th District State Representative seat Tuesday by defeating Paul Holman.

It just took her a while to know.

In Marion County alone, Thatcher got 64 percent of the vote, or 9,944 votes in the overnight results. Holman got 33 percent, or 5,119 votes.

“It’s good,” Thatcher said. “I’m happy to serve again. Hopefully we can continue to work on getting fiscal responsibility back into the state.”

Thatcher believes her re-election shows voters feel the same way.

“I take it to show they know I will continue to be representing their interests at the Capitol,” she said. “I believe in fiscal responsibility. I will continue to do so.”

In the District 5 U.S. Congress race, incumbent Kurt Schrader defeated Fred Thompson, 54 percent to 43 percent.

Tuesday’s election featured a delay in results being posted. Typically the Marion County Elections division posts results at 8 p.m. or shortly after on election night.

On Tuesday, initial results weren’t posted until 9:30 p.m.

County Clerk Bill Burgess said there was still a line at 8 Tuesday evening, which was when polls closed.

“If someone is still in the office, by state law we can’t post results,” Burgess said Wednesday morning. “Anybody that got in line by 8 p.m. had the right to vote. We had hoped to post at 8 p.m., but the last person left our lobby at about 9:30.”

Burgess, who estimated he finally left his office around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, noted the last two days in particular were non-stop with people needing replacement ballots or dropping off ballots.

“It was exciting,” Burgess said. “We had people in line (Tuesday) since 7 a.m. to update their registration or who needed updated ballots.”

Overnight results showed more than 116,000 voters cast ballots, which Burgess expects to be pretty close to the final tally.

“Most everybody should have known that,” he said of voters needing updates. “We certainly tell people to register and update their information. Some registered late online. It seems like all those people (needing help) came to see us Monday and Tuesday. It was an interesting phenomenon in Marion County. I’ve never seen anything like this before. I’ve never had a situation where we had to withhold results more than half an hour.”

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