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State Representative Pos. 2, Legislative District 6 (West Plains and western Spokane)

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Candidate Votes Pct
John F. Driscoll (D) 27,915 48.10%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.


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Mapping the vote: 6th District House race

Republican challenger and former state Rep. John Ahern is comfortably ahead of incumbent Democrat in the 6th District House race. As this computer mapping of their vote totals shows, Ahern has large vote margins on the edges of the City of Spokane and beyond, while…


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O’Quinn calls for GOP unity, says job prevents her from endorsing Ahern

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Ahern makes lunch plans with O’Quinn

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Candidates for 6th District House seat appear to be camera shy

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