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Mapping the vote: Final presidential count

 

Editor's note: when this story appeared in Wednesday's paper, one of the first comments was, where are the maps? Here's the first.)

A voting district southeast of the Spokane Valley city limits can bask in the bright red glow of being the county’s most conservative Republican precinct.

Part of Browne’s Addition, just west of downtown Spokane, can claim bragging rights as the county’s most liberal Democratic precinct.

When Spokane County elections officials finalized the results of the Nov. 6 election Tuesday, there were no big surprises. Republicans Mitt Romney, Rob McKenna and Mike Baumgartner won the county even though Barack Obama captured the state and the presidency and Jay Inslee the governor’s office. Maria Cantwell was re-elected to the U.S. Senate. County voters overall turned thumbs down to a ballot measure on same-sex marriage although it passed statewide; like the state as a whole, they approved supermajorities for passing taxes and charter schools. . . 

For a closer look at the map, click on the document link below


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Today’s fun video: Making fun of secessionists

 

Jon Stewart skewers folks talking secession and other dire consequences in the wake of Obama's re-election.

Today’s weird video: Really upset Obama won

 

An Arizona woman got so angry that President Obama won another term that she ran down her husband, who neglected to vote.

Either she really took to heart the old saying that “Every Vote Counts” but skipped the class in Civics that explained the Electoral College, or she was just close to the edge and this tipped her over it.

Mapping the Vote: Spokane on president

Although Washington state as a whole went for Barack Obama, Spokane County and Eastern Washington went for Mitt Romney. Here's a look at the votes counted on Election Night.

For a look at the statewide map, click here.

For a closer look at the Spokane vote, click on the PDF document below.


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Networks calling Ohio for Obama

The networks are saying Obama will win Ohio and may have more than 270 Electoral College votes.

Today’s best link: So many options for Obama & Romney

The New York Times has a great graphic you should bookmark for watching the returns tonight.

It looks at 512 different possible outcomes in the presidential race: 431 mean a victory for Barack Obama, 43 mean a victory for Mitt Romney, and 5 result in a tie. 

What happens if there's a tie? The U.S. House of Representatives picks the president and the Senate picks the vice president.

Has that ever happened? Not exactly. The Electoral College tied in 1800 between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, who technically were running on the same ticket, but that was under the original system the Founding Fathers set up in which the president was the person with the most EC votes and the vice president the person with the second most, regardless of party. The 12th Amendment changed that in 1803, and there hasn't been a tie since then.

Today’s fun video: Recap of the election

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

A fun video. Worst line is the reporter quoting the Grateful Dead. But the clips are some of the best hits of 2012.

Today’s fun video: Rappin candidates

The lyrics aren't bad, the animation only so-so. But look for a guest appearance by Donald Trump.

More to this campaign than ho-ho-ho

The voice on the other end of the phone was deep and mellifluous. “Jim. It’s Santa Claus.”

It did not belong to the most famous resident of the North Pole, but to a resident of Incline Village, Nev., whose legal name is Santa Claus. A former police official, a monk, a child advocate. A candidate for president.

He’s one of Washington state’s 37 official write-in candidates for president, a list that includes some less-than-serious and some seriously deluded. They are people who took the time to fill out a form and send it to the Secretary of State’s office. Unless you merely want to check running for president off your bucket list, as one Spokane candidate on the list said, it’s an exercise somewhere between futility and obscurity.

You can’t win (please do not bother call and tell me about the conspiracy between the news media and the major parties to keep you from getting the votes you deserve if only we’d pay attention). The votes you get won’t be counted unless they could decide a close presidential race in the state. Translation: They won’t be counted.

Later this month, the state will report the total number of write-ins cast for the office. You can claim all of them; but you can only be certain of one, and that’s if you cast it for yourself.

Claus, however, is a serious guy –

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More options for that presidential vote

If you don't like Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, you have other choices, and not just the four other candidates on Idaho’s presidential ballot, or the six others on Washington's.

Voters also can – and hundreds do – write in another name on a space provided. Those votes won't be counted unless the race between Obama and Romney is so close they would make a difference. Even though that’s unlikely in either state, that didn't keep 37 would-be White House occupants from filing as official presidential write-in candidates in Washington.

That’s a record number, Libby Nieland of the state elections office said, possibly because this is the first year Washington allowed online filing of the paperwork and because a website offers would-be candidates information and links to the 43 states that allow presidential write-ins.

It’s free in 42 of them. Kentucky charges $50.

The Washington list includes . . .

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Today’s fun video: One comment on the election

 

We all feel this way at times, kid. You just gotta hang on a few more days.

Today’s fun videos: Long versions

Although television is full of 30-second campaign commercials, the Internet is awash in longer videos from diferent groups that have so much to say and show that it won't fit in that restricted time frame.

With a little extra time, they can go above and beyond… sometimes way beyond … what the campaigns are .doing. Here are a couple.

The first is from an independent SuperPAC, Winning our Future, which predicts the first sign of the Apocalypse will be an Obama re-election.

 

 

The second is from an anti-Romney group that collects the comments of the Republican presidential candidates from primary season.

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Both are entertaining from a purely political standpoint. Which one you like better will probably be based on how you plan to vote for president.

Non-scientific surveys in the presidential race

Every four years at this time, businesses of almost every stripe try to piggy back on the presidential race to get a little publicity.

Thus do we have the quadrennial report from the Halloween costume industry announcing which candidate is selling more masks. Right now, it'sBarack Obama over Mitt Romney, almost 2-to-1. Argue among yourselves whether that means the president is more popular than the former governor…or scarier. 

A hamburger chain called Smashburger released the results of a survey on which candidate people would rather have a burger with. That survey came back about 60-40 in favor of Obama, but it's not clear whether some survey subjectsthought the burger came with a trip to the White House, or whether those who don''t eat meat were given the option of a veggie burger.

More on silly surveys, as they develop.

Fact-checking Prez Debate III

President Obama and former Gov. Romney kept the fact-checkers busy last night in their final debate. Here's some of the analysis:

Politifact found quite a few partial truths, but called the Romney claim that Obama went on an apology tour a “pants on fire” lie.

Factcheck.org found some false claims on both sides.

Fox News had Chris Wallace doing instant analysis.   

The Washington Post deployed its Pinocchio logos                       

Today’s fun videos: Obama, Romney trade jokes at charity dinner

Both candidates appeared at the Al Smith dinner, and practiced their comic delivery.

Mitt Romney went first:

 

Followed by Barack Obama:

Fact-checking the presidential debate

Viewers of the presidential debate Wednesday night might have felt like they were drowning in facts and figures at some point.

There were $5 trillion deficits and $2 trillion defense expenditures and $716 billion Medicare cuts and a question of whether Medicare was going to go to vouchers and . . .

So who was telling the truth, and who was stretching it? Both candidates had challenges with their facts, or so conclude several organizations that began dissecting the statements before the debate even finished.

For a round-up of fact checking, click here. 

Debate watching, in a group

For some people, watching the presidential debate is a private affair. For others, it's a good excuse for a party.

If you are among the latter, there are two “debate watch parties” in the Spokane area for this evening's presidential debate.

Democrats will hold their party at the Obama campaign field office, 239 W. Main, Suite A, in downtown, starting at 6 p.m.

GU College Republicans will hold their party at Coughlin Hall on the Gonzaga campus, starting at 5 p.m.

The debate itself starts at 6 p.m., and is scheduled to go for 90 minutes.

Obama on Letterman, Romney in USA Today

The pre-debate debate continues:

President Obama on Letterman last night talked about Mitt Romney's “47 percent” comments.

 

Romney, in a guest column in USA Today, criticized Obama's policies as creating dependency. Read the column here.

Not sure what all this is about? See the original post here.

Today’s fun video: SNL’s new Obama

 

It's only 50 days to election, which means there are about 47 days for Saturday Night Live to find good political material for their opening sketches.

 

They've got a new Obama this year in Jay Pharoah — Fred Armisen did a good handoff — but Jason Sudeikis returns as Mitt Romney.

Democrats plan Obama watch

Loyal Washington Democrats who didn't get to go to Charlotte for their National Convention, but are dying to watch President Obama accept the nomination and make a speech Thursday, are planning parties around the state to make it a shared experience anyway.

Some will have special guests, like Gov. Chris Gregoire, who will be at a Seattle pizza parlor with U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott.

In Spokane, the setting is more business-like. They'll meet at the party Field Office, 239 W. Main, at 6 p.m. Congressional candidate Rich Cowan will be the special guest.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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