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Last updated: Aug. 10, 8 p.m. Governor, State of Washington

CandidateVotesPct
Jay Inslee (D) 599,135 46.78%
Rob McKenna (R) 554,303 43.28%
Rob Hill (R) 42,597 3.33%
Shahram Hadian (R) 40,118 3.13%
James White (I) 12,767 1%
Christian Joubert (N) 9,390 0.73%
L. Dale Sorgren (I) 8,711 0.68%
Max Sampson (R) 8,170 0.64%
Javier Lopez (R) 5,691 0.44%
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Last updated: Aug. 10, 8 p.m. U.S. Senator, State of Washington

CandidateVotesPct
Maria Cantwell (D) 698,686 55.45%
Michael Baumgartner (R) 382,599 30.36%
Art Coday (R) 69,570 5.52%
Timmy (Doc) Wilson (D) 29,149 2.31%
Chuck Jackson (R) 24,004 1.91%
Glen R. Stockwell (R) 23,944 1.90%
Mike The Mover (R) 18,109 1.44%
Will Baker (R) 13,978 1.11%
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* These 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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Biviano vs Shea, Taxes

Amy Biviano, a Democrat, talks about her stance on the requirement for two-thirds votes to approve tax increases. She is running for state House in the 4th Legislative District against incumbent Republican state Rep. Matt Shea, who declined to be interviewed. Read more

Dellwo vs. Holy, Taxes

Former state Rep. Dennis Dellwo, a Democrat, and attorney Jeff Holy, a Republican, give their positions on the requirement for two-thirds votes to approve tax increases. The two are running for state House in Spokane County’s 6th Legislative District, which includes parts of the city of Spokane and most of the West Plains. Read more

Social issues to be decided, and new slate of top officials

Washington state is in for big changes next year. In two days, residents should have an idea of how big. Tuesday will bring an end to back-to-back-to-back candidate commercials that debate and snipe at each other on points of economics or character. An end to phone calls from earnest volunteers or recorded messages from celebrities seeking a vote for or against someone or something. An end to bus or RV odysseys around the state by gaggles of Democratic or Republican candidates trying to exhort supporters who have already voted to find a couple friends who haven’t, then get them to mark and mail their ballots. An end to revelations that some high-tech billionaire, out-of-state millionaire or Hollywood celebrity has sent a five-, six- or seven-figure contribution to a campaign for or against a ballot measure. Read more

Spin Control: Santa Claus has a platform, and it’s kids

The voice on the other end of the phone was deep and mellifluous. “Jim, it’s Santa Claus.” Being a reporter of many years, that did not throw me, because I knew it did not belong to the most famous resident of the North Pole, but to a resident of Incline Village, Nev., whose legal name is Santa Claus. A former police official, a monk, a child advocate. A candidate for president. Read more

Poll: Pot initiative favored

SEATTLE – A $2.8 million TV advertising blitz in October by the campaign to legalize marijuana appears to have given Initiative 502 a critical boost just as ballots are being cast. There are no marijuana leaves – or even admitted marijuana users – in the ads, reflecting I-502’s strategy to attack the ban on marijuana while not endorsing its use. Read more

Campaigns steer focus to driver’s license issue

SEATTLE – The races for governor and attorney general have brought renewed attention to a proposal that would create a two-tiered driver’s license system in Washington to address the issue of driving by immigrants who can’t provide proof of legal U.S. residency. Washington and New Mexico remain the only two states in the country that do not require proof of legal U.S. residency when applying for a driver’s license. Read more

Ad Watch: Mix-up in Shea mailer

State Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane, mailed a new ad to voters late last week that sharply criticizes media coverage of him and misrepresents his and his opponent’s positions on key issues. The race between Shea and Democrat Amy Biviano has become one of the most watched in the region, in part because of Shea’s misdemeanor gun charge for possessing a gun in his car without a valid concealed weapons permit and Biviano’s appearance in the “Women of the Ivy League” edition of Playboy magazine when she was a student at Yale University 17 years ago. Read more

More to this campaign than ho-ho-ho

The voice on the other end of the phone was deep and mellifluous. “Jim. It’s Santa Claus.”

It… Read more

Write-in hopefuls eye White House

Voters who don’t like Barack Obama or Mitt Romney have other choices, and not just the four other candidates on Idaho’s presidential ballot or the six others on Washington’s. They also can – and hundreds do – write another name in a space provided. Those votes won’t be counted unless the race between Obama and Romney is so close they would make a difference. Even though that’s unlikely in either state, that didn’t keep 37 would-be White House occupants from filing as official presidential write-in candidates in Washington. Read more

John Webster: The Old Party isn’t so Grand anymore

I used to be a Republican. Voted for them. Wrote nice things about them and their policies. When I was a kid, I even doorbelled for them. Never again. Read more

Washington voter rolls top 3.9 million

OLYMPIA — Washington has slightly more than 3.9 million registered voters for the 2012 general election.

Those numbers include… Read more

National votes tallied locally

With white walls and desks full of computers, the nondescript room on the fifth floor of the Lincoln Building in downtown Spokane doesn’t particularly reflect its importance. It’s only used a few times a year, but one night every four years the room becomes the epicenter of history in the making. Read more

Dellwo vs. Holy, Abortion

Former state Rep. Dennis Dellwo, a Democrat, and attorney Jeff Holy, a Republican, give their stances on abortion policy. The two are running for state House in Spokane County’s 6th Legislative District, which includes parts of the city of Spokane, and most of the West Plains. Read more

Biviano vs. Shea, Abortion

Amy Biviano, a Democrat, talks about her stance on abortion policy. She is running for state House in the 4th Legislative District against incumbent Republican state Rep. Matt Shea, who declined to be interviewed. Read more

More options for that presidential vote

If you don't like Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, you have other choices, and not just the four other… Read more

McKenna calls Koster’s comment on rape “innapropriate”

Rob McKenna, the Republican nominee for governor, has called remarks made by a Republican candidate for Congress in a… Read more

On the Web: Politico thinks McMorris Rodgers in line to move up

Washington state politicians are getting some ink in other publications. Politico has a long piece today assessing Rep…. Read more

On the Web: Koster and the ‘rape thing’

Another example of Washington politicians getting in elsewhere: John Koster, the Republican running for the state's 1st Congressional District… Read more

On the Web: HuffPo profiles state Rep. Walsh

Another example of Washington state politicians getting ink elsewhere: Huffington Post looks at state Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla… Read more

Today’s fun video: One comment on the election

 

We all feel this way at times, kid. You just… Read more

Clark: Top 10 reasons why mail-in ballots are more fun

Being a stodgy traditionalist, I’ve groused and griped plenty about Washington’s vote-by-mail system. Sure, I realize our impoverished postal system needs to sell every stamp it can. Read more

Inslee reports negative cash balance

OLYMPIA – Democrat Jay Inslee has burned through his campaign cash, as Washington state’s competitive race for governor enters the final week. Inslee reported in disclosure filings that he had a negative account balance of about $50,000 as of Monday. Campaign spokesman Sterling Clifford said Wednesday that the campaign still has cash to spend after raising $60,000 on Tuesday, with more coming in. And he noted the campaign has already paid for ads through Election Day. Read more

Dellwo vs. Holy, Energy

Former state Rep. Dennis Dellwo, a Democrat, and attorney Jeff Holy, a Republican, give their stance on a state law approved by voters that requires larger power companies to get 15 percent of their energy supplies from renewable sources, not including existing dam infrastructure, by 2020. The two are running for state House in Spokane County’s 6th Legislative District, which includes parts of the city of Spokane, and most of the West Plains. Read more

Biviano vs. Shea, Energy

Amy Biviano, a Democrat, gives her stance on a state law approved by voters that requires larger power companies to get 15 percent of their energy supplies from renewable sources, not including existing dam infrastructure, by 2020. She is running for state House in the 4th Legislative District against incumbent Republican state Rep. Matt Shea, who declined to be interviewed. Read more

Ref 74 gets $25,000 from Brad Pitt

The campaign to pass same-sex marriage in Washington state got a contribution Wednesday that is far from it's biggest,… Read more

It’s Halloween. Take your signs down

It's Halloween, which is great for the candy manufacturers, fun for the kids, but often terrible for campaign signs.

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Where to take your ballot

In Spokane County, there's a drop box at most public libraries, as well as a couple  other spots. For… Read more

County voting at slower pace than in 2008

Spokane County has a record number of registered voters this year, but unlike most presidential years that may not result in record turnout. A comparison of ballots returned through Tuesday with the same period in 2008 shows Spokane is significantly behind 2008. It is, however, ahead of the rates in the last two non-presidential years with other partisan races, 2006 and 2010. Read more

Biviano vs. Shea, Freeway and Sullivan Bridge

Amy Biviano, a Democrat, talks about her stance on the North Spokane Corridor and the Sullivan Road bridge. She is running for state House in the 4th Legislative District against incumbent Republican state Rep. Matt Shea, who declined to be interviewed. Read more

Baumgartner tied with Cantwell? Well, yes; but no

One of the dozens of e-mails in today's Inbox had this tantalizing subject line: “Cantwell/Baumgartner tied in Social Media… Read more

Registration up but ballots coming in slower

Spokane County has record voter registration this year, but it may not be on track to have a… Read more

Opposition to I-502 low on funds, outreach efforts

Many law enforcement and drug treatment professionals in Washington may oppose a ballot measure legalizing marijuana for adults. But that would be hard to guess from the campaign over Initiative 502. Supporters of I-502 have raised more than $5.6 million and are running a full-fledged campaign for the controversial ballot measure. Some of their ads even feature former Seattle law enforcement officials endorsing the measure. Read more

Record number of voters registered in Spokane County

About 400 people came to the Spokane County elections office on Monday to register to vote. The numbers were far fewer than expected on the last day to register before the Nov. 6 election. Read more

Dellwo vs. Holy, Education: Are higher taxes needed?

Former state Rep. Dennis Dellwo, a Democrat, and attorney Jeff Holy, a Republican, discuss their opinions about education funding and taxes. The two are running for state House in Spokane County’s 6th Legislative District, which includes parts of the city of Spokane, and most of the West Plains. Read more

Spokane County voters rolls grow by 11,000 since Sept. 1

First, let me use this opportunity to promote the first of six election videos in the race for state… Read more