The turnout in today's election likely may not be high enough to validate the $22 million Clatsop Community College bond - making the level of support meaningless.

Early returns posted just after the polls closed at 8 p.m. reveal 54 percent against and 45 percent

The measure needs half the registered votes in the county - 10,468 - to vote to validate, then a 50 percent plus one vote to pass. Only 6,564 votes were tallied in the initial count.

Meanwhile two of the three incumbents on the five-member Port of Astoria Commission were behind in the first count. All faced opponents in an election that focused on leadership and the existing board's handling of the supervision and subsequent firing of Executive Director Peter Gearin.

Newcomer Kathy Sanders of Astoria was leading incumbent port leader Don McDaniel of Astoria in a four-way race.

Longtime port critic Bill Hunsinger, a longshoreman, from Knappa, was ahead of incumbent commission member Jim Bergeron of Astoria.

But appointed incumbent Bernie Bjork of Astoria was ahead of two opponents: John Dunzer of Seaside and Patrick McGee of Astoria.

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