Fairchild Air Force Base is one of several bases on a short list for receiving the nation’s newest air refueling tanker. The West Plains base is on a list the Air Force revealed today of possible locations for the first KC-46A refueling jets when they roll off the Boeing assembly lines later this decade. Read more
About this race
Democratic incumbent Maria Cantwell coasted to the pole position in Washington’s top two primary but Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner, a state legislator from Spokane who captured the second-most votes and the final spot on the general election ballot, hasn’t let that deter him. The candidates are divided along fairly standard partisan lines.
U.S. senators serve six-year terms and paid $174,000 per year plus healthcare and other benefits.
Last updated: Nov. 13, 9:30 p.m. Election results
|Maria Cantwell (D)||1,714,271||60.16%|
|Michael Baumgartner (R)||1,135,453||39.84%|
* 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.
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell says the “fiscal-cliff” tax bill that passed the Senate early Wednesday includes the sales-tax deduction for taxpayers in Washington and a half-dozen other states. Read more
Sen. Maria Cantwell will be the chairwoman of the Indian Affairs Committee in the new Congress.
Democrats announced their expected…Read more
Democrat Maria Cantwell easily won a third term in the U.S. Senate in the statewide vote, but is running…Read more
The Inland Northwest’s congressional delegation remained intact Tuesday, with incumbents coasting to victories in early returns. On the Washington side, voters gave new terms to Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, of Spokane. Read more
With five days left until Election Day, campaigns are shifting their focus from policy arguments to pleas for action. Candidates, meanwhile, are crisscrossing the state to make their final pitches. Read more
One of the dozens of e-mails in today's Inbox had this tantalizing subject line: “Cantwell/Baumgartner tied in Social…Read more
About 150 gathered for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell’s campaign rally this evening in Spokane at the Lincoln Center…Read more
SEATTLE – Republican Mike Baumgartner repeatedly criticized Sen. Maria Cantwell on Friday for “going to war on a credit card” in Iraq and Afghanistan, and called for a 1-cent-per-gallon tax on gasoline to help fund the troops. “The country has not gone to war,” Baumgartner said, trying to turn much of the only debate in Washington’s U.S. Senate campaign into a discussion about Afghanistan. The military, and their families, bear the brunt of the two conflicts, he said. Read more
Joe Biden and Paul Ryan aren't the only debate on the schedule tonight for Washington voters.
In a sense…Read more
Washington Democrats got together recently to give out awards, and the prize for “Rising Star” went to former legislative and…Read more
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell raised more than three times as much money for her re-election campaign in the last…Read more
Early last week, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike Baumgartner may have raised some eyebrows by endorsing I-502, the…Read more
Holy smokes! Did you catch last week’s herbal announcement from State Sen. Michael Bongartner? Read more
OLYMPIA – Close races usually mean big spending, and Washington’s gubernatorial race is no exception. Along with candidates Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee, who have a combined total of $18 million with one month left to raise and spend, outside groups have kicked in another $12 million thus far. The main sources of independent money are the Republican Governors Association and the Democratic Governors Association. These are not, as the casual observer might surmise, subdivisions of the National Governors Association, an organization which arranges regular meetings at which state chief executives can, in the words of Oz, hobnob with their fellow wizards. Read more
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell's re-election campaign was crowing about two bits of good news for her:
Federal Election…Read more
The Republican challenger for a Washington U.S. Senate seat endorsed a ballot measure Wednesday that would legalize marijuana for personal use in the state. State Sen. Mike Baumgartner, R-Spokane, said it was time for a new approach to the nation’s drug policy, and called Initiative 502 a “thoughtful step forward.” Time spent as an adviser to a counternarcotics team in Afghanistan convinced him that drug cartels are gaining from the United States’ approach to criminalizing marijuana for adults, he added. Read more
State Sen. Mike Baumgartner, who is running for the U.S. Senate against Democrat Maria Cantwell, today announced support for…Read more
It may be an election year, but Democrats and Republicans agreed on Tuesday that completion of the northern half of the North Spokane Corridor was a bipartisan accomplishment. U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, were joined by Spokane County GOP Commissioner Todd Mielke and state Rep. Andy Billig, D-Spokane. All are running for office this fall. Read more
Break out the giant scissors. We're having a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the North Spokane Corridor.
Make that another ribbon-cutting…Read more