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Results on this page represent vote totals within the state of Washington. The winner of this Washington vote receives twelve votes in the electoral college.

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

602
Candidate Votes Pct
Barack Obama (D) 1,620,432 55.85%
Mitt Romney (R) 1,210,369 41.72%
Gary Johnson (L) 37,732 1.30%
Jill Stein (G) 18,316 0.63%
Virgil Goode (C) 8,071 0.28%
Rocky Anderson (J) 4,332 0.15%
Peta Lindsay (S) 1,148 0.04%
James Harris (S) 1,099 0.04%

* 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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Thu., Jan. 17, 2013

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Thu., Nov. 8, 2012

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Thu., Oct. 25, 2012, 3:56 p.m.

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Thu., Oct. 25, 2012

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