The Nov. 2 midterm election will decide everything from control of the U.S. Congress to whether wealthy Washington residents will have to begin paying state income taxes. In Idaho, voters will choose a governor and several other statewide leaders, as well as a new Idaho Legislature, where every seat is up for election.
Spokesman-Review reporters captured video from Election Night celebrations in Spokane County.
Washington voters removed some taxes and made it tougher for the Legislature to create new ones, but seemed to turn down plans to privatize some state services. Idaho voters passed a string of changes to the state’s bonding rules designed to help hospitals, airports and other public projects. And Spokane voters turned thumbs down to Proposition 1, a plan to raise $5 million per year to help fight high school dropout rates.
Washington Republicans were lifted by a national tide in Tuesday’s elections, one that cost Democrats at least one of the state’s congressional seats and left a key U.S. Senate seat in doubt. Early returns indicate the tide will carry more Republicans into the still solidly Democratic-controlled Legislature in Olympia, and to the already Republican-dominated courthouse in Spokane. Because Washington votes will continue to arrive in the mail for more than a week, close races might not be decided until right before Thanksgiving.
The Sasquatch of politics has come and gone again. And we’re left to consider whether the Undecided Voter really exists, and if so, what natural phenomena provide an explanation.
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Here are initial results from contested races elsewhere across the Inland Northwest. • Assessor
Running election updates for Spokane County and Eastern Washington.
Jaime Herrera was elected to Washington state’s open 3rd Congressional District seat tonight, becoming the first Republican to represent the district in a dozen years.
Spokane County will release two rounds of vote totals tonight, one shortly after voting closes at 8 p.m., and another between 10:30 and 11 p.m.Old election hands can remember when the county had poll site voting and would release up to a dozen updates on…
Deputy Kootenai County Prosecutor Jim Reierson has been campaigning for write-in votes for the top prosecutor spot in Spokane County, but it’s a race he can’t legally win.Running as a candidate who prefers the “Law and Order” Party, Reierson lost his bid for that job…
Voters today select governors in more than two-thirds of the states, the largest-ever number of gubernatorial races on the ballot. Republicans seek large statehouse gains to match a hoped-for sweep in Congress.
Candidates up and down the ticket scrambled for votes on Election Day.
Candidates for Washington’s top electoral prize, a U.S. Senate seat that could determine which party controls that chamber of Congress for the next two years, started their full final day of the campaign at dawn, on opposite sides of the state.Republican challenger Dino Rossi had…
WASHINGTON — The fate of the Democratic Congress was put before voters today in midterm elections that drew Americans to balloting stations starting before dawn, some clamoring for change, others digging in their heels against resurgent Republicans. Expectations took hold in both camps that the political order was in for a makeover in these anxious times.
WASHINGTON – How early will America know if it’s a Republican romp or if Democrats somehow minimized their damage? There should be plenty of clues this evening – and long before bedtime. Final results in some states might not be known for days. But trends could be evident from the Midwest and South – especially from Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia – even before most of the nation has finished dinner.
We did it, my friends. We have somehow reached the finish line of Campaign 2010. Tonight the votes will be counted, the winners will be declared, and the country will be polarized even worse than it was before all the name-calling started.
State Sen. Chris Marr addresses Democrats at the Lincoln Center on Tuesday night, Nov. 2, 2010.
Michael Baumgartner celebrates with supporters at the Spokane County Republic Party’s election night event at the Davenport Hotel on Tuesday night, Nov. 2, 2010. Baumgartner was leading state Sen. Chris Marr in early returns.
State Rep. John Driscoll, a Democrat, talks about the early returns in Spokane County on Tuesday night, Nov. 2, 2010.
Democratic challenger Daryl Romeyn reacts to early numbers in his race against Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.
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Idaho is holding its primary on May 17. Many state and county offices will be on the ballot. The election, however, does not include voting for president.
Washington holds its presidential primary on May 24. The results, however, only will count on the Republican side. State Democrats will ignore the results of the election and pick their delegates for their party’s National Convention based on the Democratic Caucus in March. Republican delegates for the GOP National Convention, however, will be bound to vote for their party’s nominee based on the primary outcome, though only in the first round of voting. After that, Republican delegates, selected through a series of caucuses and conventions won’t be bound to any candidate.
Washington's Democratic and Republican parties will use different systems for picking a presidential nominee.
Republicans will caucus Saturday, Feb. 20, but they will not be picking a candidate for president. Caucus attendees will choose delegates to the GOP county convention. Those delegates will choose delegates to the statewide Republican Convention, to be held May 19 in the Tri-Cities. There, Washington delegates will be selected to attend the Republican National Convention, which is scheduled to begin July 18 in Cleveland. Republican delegates sent to Cleveland will be bound to back candidates based on the outcome of the results of a presidential primary election that will be held May 24.
Democrats will ignore the results of the May 24 presidential primary and select delegates based on a caucus on March 26 that will include voting for president.