I think the results of today’s primary voting here in Oregon are a foregone conclusion. Donald Trump is the only remaining candidate for the Republican nomination, so he will win 70-90% of the Republican vote. The Democratic race will be fairly evenly split between Clinton and Sanders, with a lot of rural counties strongly preferring Sanders and the most racially diverse counties strongly preferring Clinton.
But I’m still freaking out about it.
I doubt I’m alone in that.
All through this primary season, the smalls and I have been watching the returns come in on Huffington Post. We’ve talked about delegates and superdelegates and proportional awards and caucuses and polling data.
We’ve seen the signs and bumper stickers around town and cheered or jeered or rolled our eyes according to our preferences. I’ve bitten my lower lip bloody driving down I-84 and seeing the balance of the signage on our county measure.
We’ve watched the debates and paused them to debrief. We’ve clicked through candidate websites and read articles together and done deep research.
When I filled out my ballot, Númenor and Ithilien sat next to me at the dining room table and drew up their own construction-paper ballots with their own circles to fill in as we read the voter’s pamphlet together and talked about what was important. How I decide how to vote. What I look for.
Robert did the same with them the next night.
Tonight is a little different than the rest of the returns we’ve watched. Tonight the results are about us, our neighbors, our family– what we think, what we believe, where we live.
So we will watch along, as usual, but this time with popcorn and while running the Blackadder episode about rotten boroughs. Just to keep it in perspective, you know.
In case things don’t go the way we want them to go.
In case things get scary.
So we remember that it’s a show. That it’s rigged against us, against people like us, against young families all over the country.
But we are doing our part, what we can do. We are voting our minds and talking about serious things with friends and family and raising little citizens who will hopefully grow up to be involved, conscientious voters like us.
And sometimes, if everyone does the right thing, that’s enough to make a difference in the system.
I guess we’ll see what happens.