u 2012 Washington General Election

Maria Cantwell

A candidate for U.S. Senator in the 2012 Washington General Election

Party: Democrat

Age: 56City: Edmonds, WA

Occupation: Senator

On this race: NOTABLE: Bachelor’s degree Miami University, Ohio; former executive RealNetworks, former state legislator; incumbent finishing second Senate term. Named “sexiest senator” in a 2009 poll of Huffington Post readers. Key issues: The road back to Washington may be easier than when she beat Republican icon Slade Gorton in 2000 or Seattle business leader Mike McGavick in 2006. She’s emphasizing populist positions like opposition to bank bailouts, questioning oil industry profits and help that some residents get from the Affordable Care Act.

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Last updated: Nov. 13, 9:30 p.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Maria Cantwell (D) 1,714,271 60.16%
Michael Baumgartner (R) 1,135,453 39.84%
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