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Trump rules in Mohave County; Gates leads Anderson in race for Kingman mayor

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KINGMAN – Presidential election results were too close to call in Michigan, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, though Republican Donald Trump held a 216-197 lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton in electoral votes as of the Daily Miner’s deadline.

It takes 270 electoral votes to win the election.

Arizona, which carries 11 electoral votes, was projected to go with Trump. He had 49 percent of the statewide votes at 9 p.m., compared with 46 percent for Clinton.

Early results posted on the Mohave County web site showed Trump with 31,500 votes, Clinton with 10,790, and Libertarian Gary Johnson with 1,300. More than 45,000 ballots had been cast.

In the vote for U.S. Senate, Republican incumbent John McCain was leading Democrat challenger Ann Kirkpatrick 26,751 to 11,625 in Mohave County.

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) had 30,480 votes, on track to beat Democrat Mike Weisser (11,252 votes) and retain his office for Congress District 4.

In the race for Kingman mayor, Monica Gates held the edge over current mayor Richard Anderson, 2,880 to 2,591.

It looks like Question 1 – the sale of 150 acres of city-owned real estate slated for development as Kingman Crossing – will pass. The yes vote was 3,681, and the no vote was 1,628.

Other local results:

State Representative District 5 (vote for two): Paul Mosely (R) 25,794; Regina Cobb (R) 25,149; Beth Weisser (D) 11,452; Leo Biasiucci (Green) 4,793.

Board of Supervisors District 1: Gary Watson (R) 4,328; Janice Palmer (D) 1,661.

Kingman Unified School District (vote for two): Beth Weisser 4,556; Laurie Voss Barthlow 3,958; Bruce Ricca 3,876; Steven Robinson 2,906; and Kenn Cates 2,187.

For Mohave County election results, go to www.mohavecounty.us and click the election banner on the county web site’s home page.

Voters were steadily streaming into Grace Lutheran Church after 5 p.m. Tuesday, with seven check-in stations and a line of about 40 people winding out the door.

One voter who identified himself only as Ed came into the Daily Miner office Tuesday afternoon to complain about voter fraud that he allegedly witnessed.

He said a poll worker at Grace Lutheran asked a woman named Audrey for her ID, and when it didn’t match up with her voter registration, he said, “Sign it anyway,” and sent her to cast a provisional ballot.

Another guy had a ticket printed that wasn’t his name, and poll workers didn’t know how to remove it from the record, Ed said.

“One’s a fluke. You see it happen back to back in five minutes, you wonder what the heck is going on,” he told the Daily Miner.

He called Mohave County Elections Director Allen Tempert, whom he called an “honest man,” and was told to file a grievance.

Ed said he would be posting his experience on Facebook, which will add fuel to conjecture of a “rigged election.”

“I just hope that whatever happens, everything is okay,” said a woman exiting the Grace Lutheran polling site.

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