The voting is over and the counting has begun across the country as the focus is on electing a new president. Early returns show Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton locked in a very close contest and it will be long into the night before the outcome will be known.
Closer to home, as of 8 p.m., the Delta County races are fairly well settled but the votes from satellite polling sites have not been tallied. The voter turnout countywide has been very strong, with 62.5 percent casting ballots so far.
The preliminary results show Delta County's Republican base turning out with strong supporting Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton for president; Darryl Glenn over Michael Bennett for U.S. Senate; Scott Tipton over Gail Schwartz for Third Congressional District.
Local races show that for Delta County Commissioner, District 2 --Don Suppes winning over Travis Mills and Mark Eckhart. Suppes is holding the lead with 65.9% of the vote, Mills with 17.8% and Eckhart with 16.3%.
in Delta County Commissioner, District 3, -- Mark Roeber is winning with 74.2% of the vote over Jere Lowe with 25.7%
(These percentages are based on the count as of 8 p.m., with 13,851 ballots cast, 62.68% of the total number of registered voters in Delta County. It is not known how many votes remain to be counted.)
Local taxing questions are not passing. In Crawford, the mill levy increase is failing with 76 votes cast against and 70 votes in favor. It is not know how many more votes remain uncounted in Crawford.
The mill levy increase for the Delta County Ambulance District is also failing with 4,919 votes (52.88%) against and 4,384 votes (47.12%) in favor.
Please check back later for updates on the races and detailed vote counts. The Delta County Clerk's Office estimates that it will be after 9 p.m. before another update on vote counts will be available.