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President of the United States
Washington vote totals in the national election

602
Candidate Pct
Barack Obama (D) 55.85%
Mitt Romney (R) 41.72%
Gary Johnson (L) 1.30%
Jill Stein (G) 0.63%
Virgil Goode (C) 0.28%
Rocky Anderson (J) 0.15%
Peta Lindsay (S) 0.04%
James Harris (S) 0.04%

Governor

603
Candidate Pct
Jay Inslee (D) 51.22%
Rob McKenna (R) 48.78%

U.S. Representative

605
Candidate Pct
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) 62.05%
Rich Cowan (D) 37.95%

U.S. Senator

604
Candidate Pct
Maria Cantwell (D) 60.16%
Michael Baumgartner (R) 39.84%


Latest news

News flash: Obama wins Washington

Rick Lloyd of Spokane Valley, center, and other members of Washington’s Electoral College sign paperwork to cast the state’s electoral votes for Barack Obama. OLYMPIA – Forget what the news media told you six weeks ago. Barack Obama was elected to his second term as…


It’s presidential election day. No, really. It is

OLYMPIA — The next president of the United States will be elected today. Barring some real skullduggery so remote it can’t be mapped out here, that will be Barack Obama. What? You thought Obama was re-elected more than a month ago? It was in all…


Gov race most expensive in WA history

OLYMPIA — Even without the final spending tallied, this year’s governor’s race was the most expensive in state history and outside independent groups spent a record amounts trying to convince residents to vote against Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna. Post-election reports filed this week with…


Gallup poll: Feds should back off in pot states

The federal government should back off enforcement of federal marijuana laws in stateslike Washington that have legalized the drug, a solid majority of people told a recent Gallup poll. Nearly two-third — 64 percent of all adults surveyed in late November — told pollsters they…


23 same-sex couples get licenses in Spokane

Spokane County officials issued 23 marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday on the first day that became legal in Washington state. That was, not surprisingly, the most of any Eastern Washington county, but fairly low compared to the urban counties along the Puget Sound. King…


State election results, including same-sex marriage law, made official

Gov. Gregoire signs election results with Secretary of State Reed. OLYMPIA — Washington state took the last step Wednesday in changing its laws to allow same-sex couples to marry. With about two dozen supporters looking on, Gov. Chris Gregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed…


Bragging rights on same-sex marriage go to WA

Supporters of same-sex marriage in Washington state apparently have something to hold over those other states that approved a similar law change at the ballot box last month. Not only did Washington have a bigger margin of victory than Maine and Maryland, says Andy Grow…


More signatures needed for initiatives

OLYMPIA — The turnout was down slightly in Washington state compared to the 2008 presidential election, but the number of ballots cast was up. That means the number of signatures needed for initiatives and referenda goes up next year. Huh? We explain inside the blog….


Mapping the vote: Final count on I-502

A funny thing happened on the way to Spokane County supporting Initiative 502, which legalizes marijuana for private use by adults. Some precincts, particularly those in the city of Spokane, really liked it. And by that we mean by big margins. Other precincts, as the…


FAQs on changes to WA marijuana law

When the clock ticks past midnight Wednesday, Washington state will have the most permissive law in the nation regarding marijuana, thanks to voters who approved Initiative 502. But the new law isn’t a blanket license for anyone to smoke marijuana anywhere, any time. There are…


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Latest news

News flash: Obama wins Washington

Rick Lloyd of Spokane Valley, center, and other members of Washington’s Electoral College sign paperwork to cast the state’s electoral votes for Barack Obama. OLYMPIA – Forget what the news media told you six weeks ago. Barack Obama was elected to his second term as…


It’s presidential election day. No, really. It is

OLYMPIA — The next president of the United States will be elected today. Barring some real skullduggery so remote it can’t be mapped out here, that will be Barack Obama. What? You thought Obama was re-elected more than a month ago? It was in all…


Gov race most expensive in WA history

OLYMPIA — Even without the final spending tallied, this year’s governor’s race was the most expensive in state history and outside independent groups spent a record amounts trying to convince residents to vote against Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna. Post-election reports filed this week with…


Gallup poll: Feds should back off in pot states

The federal government should back off enforcement of federal marijuana laws in stateslike Washington that have legalized the drug, a solid majority of people told a recent Gallup poll. Nearly two-third — 64 percent of all adults surveyed in late November — told pollsters they…


23 same-sex couples get licenses in Spokane

Spokane County officials issued 23 marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday on the first day that became legal in Washington state. That was, not surprisingly, the most of any Eastern Washington county, but fairly low compared to the urban counties along the Puget Sound. King…


State election results, including same-sex marriage law, made official

Gov. Gregoire signs election results with Secretary of State Reed. OLYMPIA — Washington state took the last step Wednesday in changing its laws to allow same-sex couples to marry. With about two dozen supporters looking on, Gov. Chris Gregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed…


Bragging rights on same-sex marriage go to WA

Supporters of same-sex marriage in Washington state apparently have something to hold over those other states that approved a similar law change at the ballot box last month. Not only did Washington have a bigger margin of victory than Maine and Maryland, says Andy Grow…


More signatures needed for initiatives

OLYMPIA — The turnout was down slightly in Washington state compared to the 2008 presidential election, but the number of ballots cast was up. That means the number of signatures needed for initiatives and referenda goes up next year. Huh? We explain inside the blog….


Mapping the vote: Final count on I-502

A funny thing happened on the way to Spokane County supporting Initiative 502, which legalizes marijuana for private use by adults. Some precincts, particularly those in the city of Spokane, really liked it. And by that we mean by big margins. Other precincts, as the…


FAQs on changes to WA marijuana law

When the clock ticks past midnight Wednesday, Washington state will have the most permissive law in the nation regarding marijuana, thanks to voters who approved Initiative 502. But the new law isn’t a blanket license for anyone to smoke marijuana anywhere, any time. There are…