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Election night coverage

Leslie Hokenson of Minden shows her displeasure as results roll-in on CNN in favor of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump Tuesday night at the Douglas County Democrats watch party at the Carson Valley Inn.
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While it’s typical that Douglas and other rural Nevada county’s voters disagree with the state’s majority on who should be president, it’s the first time in 40 years that the Silver State has not supported the winning candidate for president.

Douglas County gave winning presidential candidate Donald J. Trump a 62.45 percent majority, with 17,406 votes.

However, Nevada’s electoral votes went to Hillary Clinton thanks to majority votes in Clark and Washoe counties.

The last time Nevada supported the losing presidential candidate was in 1976 when its voters supported Gerald Ford and Bob Dole.

Douglas voters also supported Rep. Joe Heck to fill Sen. Harry Reid’s seat. Heck won 17,756 votes in the county to Catherine Cortez Masto’s 8,407. Handpicked as Harry Reid’s successor, Cortez Masto will take office as the first woman to represent Nevada in the U.S. Senate.

Douglas voters were right in line with the rest of the second Congressional District in giving Rep. Mark Amodei another term.

Amodei, who has represented Douglas in the Nevada Legislature, defeated Democrat Chip Evans 18,546 to 7,358.

Amodei won the district 182,452 to 115,395. No Democrat has ever represented Nevada’s second district.

Douglas voters rejected both fuel indexing and a sales tax designed to help maintain the schools.

The two questions on the county ballot were both the result of state direction.

East Fork Swimming Pool incumbents Kimberly Borgzinner and Mike Hardie held strong leads in that race. Early returns showed Douglas Robbins winning the third seat on the board that governs the Carson Valley Swim Center.

Minden-Gardnerville Sanitation District trustees Barbara Smallwood and Bob Allgeier also enjoyed strong leads over their opponents.

All three Minden Town Board incumbents, Glen Radtke, John Stephans and Bill Souligny, were well on their way to being re-elected.

Douglas County Republicans turned out for Donald Trump for president and Joe Heck for senate.