u 2010 Washington General Election

State Senator, Legislative District 6

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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Marr and Baumgartner: Summary

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner answer the question, “What else do you want voters to know about you?” Read more

Baumgartner and Marr: Education funding

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner answer the question, “What is your position on funding aimed at lowering class sizes?” Read more

Mailings stretch truth in Marr, Baumgartner race

It’s with little doubt the nastiest battle this year for a local office. In a second in a series, we examine some of the claims made on behalf of incumbent Democratic state Sen. Chris Marr and his Republican opponent, Michael Baumgartner, in the race to represent the 6th Legislative District. Read more

Marr, Baumgartner ramp up the rhetoric

It may soon be the million-dollar race. And with so much money, voters’ mailboxes and television sets are filled with a lot of information – and misinformation – about the state Senate candidates who hope to represent Spokane’s 6th Legislative District. Incumbent Democrat Chris Marr and Republican Michael Baumgartner have had many spirited debates. More than 20 mailers have been sent by or on behalf of them. Read more

Marr and Baumgartner: Workers’ compensation

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner answer the question, “Do you support Initiative 1082, which would privatize workers’ compensation?” Read more

Two GOP funders criticize anti-Marr ad

Two associations that gave money to a Republican group that is funding an ad against incumbent Democratic state Sen. Chris Marr criticized the spot and say they will reevaluate their political donation strategies in light of the commercial.The Washington Health Care Association gave $30,000 to… Read more

Woman blasts campaign ad that cites her lawsuit

The woman whose sexual harassment lawsuit was highlighted in a recent campaign commercial against state Sen. Chris Marr demanded Saturday that the ad be pulled from TV. In a hand-written letter released by the Marr campaign, Dawn Fowler said she was outraged when she saw the ad. Read more

State candidates took BP campaign contributions

Several area state legislators accepted campaign contributions from a BP employees’ political action committee after this year’s disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico – including two Democrats in tough re-election battles. BP political action committees have given to almost 50 campaigns in Washington since the spill. Read more

Woman who claimed harassment calls for anti-Marr ad to be pulled from air

The woman whose sexual harassment lawsuit was highlighted in a recent campaign commercial against state Sen. Chris Marr demanded Saturday that the ad be pulled from TV. In a hand-written letter released by the Marr campaign, Dawn Fowler said she was outraged when she saw… Read more

Baumgartner and Marr: Standardized tests

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner discuss their positions on whether high school students should have to pass a standardized test to earn a diploma. Read more

Group funding anti-Marr TV ad — Spokane Families for Change — not funded by Spokane families

A new TV commercial began running this week criticizing state Sen. Chris Marr for running an auto dealership that settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with an employee.The issue popped up in Marr’s first run for office in 2006. Marr, a Democrat, is in a heated… Read more

Driscoll, Ahern outline differences

State Rep. John Driscoll and former state Rep. John Ahern are overshadowed in their election rematch by the intense battle for state Senate in the same district. Debates between Chris Marr and Michael Baumgartner, who are running for Senate in the 6th District, have been heated. Read more

Marr and Baumgartner: Global warming

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner answer the question, “Do you believe there is enough evidence to indicate that human activity likely is a significant cause for global warming?” Read more

Baumgartner and Marr: Crime

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner discuss their positions on the death penalty and Washington’s three-strikes law. Read more

Ferris hosting next battle between Baumgartner and Marr

The Ferris High School debate team will host a debate Wednesday between incumbent Democratic state Sen. Chris Marr and his Republican opponent, Michael Baumgartner. The two candidates, who are fighting one of the most expensive state Legislative battles this year in Washington, hope to represent… Read more

Washington Legislature, District 6, Senate

Even in the primary – when both candidates for the 6th Legislative Senate seat were guaranteed to move to the November election – the race between Chris Marr and Michael Baumgartner was quarrelsome. Read more

Marr and Baumgartner: Red light cameras

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner answer the question, “Do you support the state law that allows cities to install red light cameras?” Read more

KHQ says Baumgartner deleted questions from station’s Facebook Q & A

KHQ is reporting that Republican state Senate candidate Michael Baumgarter deleted questions to him from Facebook users during a KHQ Facebook interview last week.Mark Billings, executive assignment producer at KHQ, said the Baumgartner campaign admitted to deleting questions they felt were biased and likely written… Read more

Baumgartner and Marr: Gay marriage

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner discuss their positions on gay marriage. Read more

Sixth District donnybrook

He’s the incumbent. He’s his party’s whip in the state Senate. He has more campaign money and a diverse list of backers that includes unions and large businesses. But in his run for re-election, Democrat Chris Marr is the underdog. His opponent, Republican Michael Baumgartner, garnered more votes in the August primary, even though the business and military consultant was mostly unknown locally before he announced his candidacy shortly after moving to Spokane in January. Read more