Watch Party Reaction After Special Election Results

Measure 101 has passed unofficially in Jackson County. NewsWatch 12 caught up with supporters as they learned the results.

Posted: Jan. 23, 2018 11:29 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.-- There's a lot of strong opinions about this special election.

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Some say it's necessary to fund healthcare, but others don't want another tax.

NewsWatch12's Eliana Sheriff caught the moment supporters learned measure 101 passed.

Rep. Pam Marsh says, "Oh, we're so excited here, it looks like Measure 101 is passing handily across the state and initially in Jackson County, this is terrific work and just a validation of the importance of our healthcare system to Oregonians."

Arthur Baden, Co-Chair of the JACO Dem. Campaign Committee says, "It makes me proud to live in a state where we care about our citizens and we're all in it together."

Measure 101 is a tax on insurance companies and some hospitals -- to help pay for Medicaid for some Oregonians.

Voter turnout in Jackson County was around 40 percent.

Organizers say voter turnout is everything in a special election, in Jackson County they knocked on 4500 doors to get out the vote.

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