u 2010 Washington General Election

State Senator, Legislative District 06

Last updated: Nov. 12, 5:37 p.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Michael Baumgartner (R) 31,765 53.81%
Chris Marr (D) 27,263 46.19%

* 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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Voters vent frustrations with GOP gains in county, state

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Baumgartner’s lead appears insurmountable; City isn’t underrepresented in vote totals

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Voters favor Republicans locally and nationally

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Chris Marr speaks to Democrats

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Michael Baumgartner at GOP party

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Chris Marr on second ballot count

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Rally’s message in Riverfront Park: Keep sanity alive

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Truths, half-truths and other campaign claims

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Both sides misstate income tax positions of Baumgartner, Marr

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Marmots emerge as the surprise issue in the Baumgartner-Marr battle

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Ad check: Union-funded flyers misstate Baumgartner’s positions

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Vestal: All the mud a million bucks can sling

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Democratic strategist faces sanctions

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PDC asks AG to take Dem strategist to court

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Baumgartner and Marr: Police ombudsmen

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