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Class of 2019 predicts the future of Scappoose politics.

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Scappoose High School senior, Aidan Vlastelicia dropping off her ballot.

Scappoose High School senior, Aidan Vlastelicia dropping off her ballot.

Scappoose High School senior, Aidan Vlastelicia dropping off her ballot.

Scappoose High School senior, Aidan Vlastelicia dropping off her ballot.

Alli Kuni, Reporter

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On Monday, Nov. 5, seniors of Scappoose High School completed a ballot for 2018 governor candidates. In past elections, Scappoose has a tendency to be profiled as a town with a heavy Republican population. However, after looking at the class of 2019’s mock election results, SHS has a higher percentage of Democrats than once perceived.

The most recognized race in the state of Oregon this midterm was for governor. Though the election began with a fair amount of space between the Republican and Democratic candidates, near the end of October, Kate Brown began to close that space. After voting closed, Kate Brown (D) got 50% of the votes, while Knute Buehler (R) received 44%.

At Scappoose High School, the senior class partook in a mock election to see where the school lies politically. 54.4% of the seniors voted for Brown, while 40.0% voted for Bueler. Comparing the data from the state of Oregon to Scappoose High shows a slight uptick in future Democratic voters.

Columbia County has the record of hanging on the right side of the political spectrum, which holds to be true. Buehler got 53% of the votes from Columbia County, while Brown got 40%. As compared to Oregon, there is a difference of 9% for Buehler, and 10% for Brown. This difference in the voting statistics proves that Columbia County does, in fact, stand more Republican. However, Scappoose High School is an outlier in this data, as they have a higher Democratic body than Republican.

Students were also asked what political party they stand with. 38% are Democrats, 38.9% are Republican, and 18.5% are Independent. Although this shows slight variation from the voting for governor, it shows an increase of people on the left side of the political spectrum as compared to their parents. According to SHS seniors, Scappoose parents identify as 41.1% Democratic, 46.6% Republican, and 8.6% Independent. It can be concluded that in future years, there will be an increase of Democratic and Independent voters in Columbia County; due to the results of the class of 2019’s mock election that projects a greater Democratic population in Scappoose and Columbia County.

Scappoose High School’s class of 2019 busts the notion that the majority Scappoose on the conservative side of politics. In fact, in future years, there is a strong possibility that the Democratic votes will increase.

 

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Alli Kuni, Managing Editor

Grade: 12

 

Years on Staff: First year on staff

 

Most Passionate About: Being involved in school activities and academics.

 

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