Orleans County voters support incumbents, Trump

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NEWPORT — Orleans County voters overwhelmingly supported incumbent candidates in local elections, as well as Republican Donald Trump for President when they visited polls on Tuesday.

Although a close race, 193 more people in Orleans County voted for Trump, over Hillary Clinton. In total, 5,198 people across Orleans County went with Trump.

In Essex County, Trump picked up almost 700 more votes than Clinton.

In local elections, Republican incumbents Gary Viens and Mike Marcotte were re-elected in House district Orleans-2 beating out Democratic challengers Judith Jackson and Ron Holland.

The Orleans-Lamoille House race saw Republican Mark Higley narrowly re-elected, after receiving 166 more votes than Democrat Katherine Sims.

“Before this election, I didn’t think that I could fall in love with our area any more than I already had, but oh how wrong I was,” Sims told a room of her supporters at the Jay Village Inn on Tuesday night.

In the Orleans-Caledonia House race, Republican Vicki Strong and Democrat Sam Young were both re-elected.

This election saw another easy win for State senators Bobby Starr and John Rodgers, who were challenged by Marcia Horne and Eric Collins, both Republicans.

Across Orleans County, Phill Scott received 8,307 votes to become the next governor, a shocking 5,000 more than Democrat Sue Minter.

Not one town in Orleans County or Essex County voted for Minter on Tuesday.

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