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u 2012 Washington Primary

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

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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

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Jay Inslee (D) 51.22%
Rob McKenna (R) 48.78%


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Today’s fun video: One comment on the election

We all feel this way at times, kid. You just gotta hang on a few more days.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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, but may be from one of its most celebrated donors: Actor Brad Pitt. And you thought he was busy making perfume commercials. Pitt recently gave $100,000…


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. Those placards on a stick are among the easiest targets for Halloween mischief. Mustaches and devils horns get spray-painted onto candidate faces, obscenities get scrawled on…


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 a list, go inside the blog. For other Washington counties, click here to find the information on your county.


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.


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.


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 Buzz” A nice person from a public relations firm said she had some data on that race that might interest us: “According to a new media…


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 record turnout. Or “turn-in” if you prefer the more accurate description of how Washington states. A comparison of the rate of ballot returns up to today shows…


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.


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.


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.


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 House to replace state Rep. John Ahern. Look for the other videos featuring candidates Democrat Dennis Dellwo and Republican Jeff Holy throughout the week. Now on…


Washington residents: Register by today or sit this one out

Today is the absolute, no fooling, last day to register to vote in Washington. Any Washington citizen not registered by today will have to sit out this year’s general election, which is kind of a shame, considering all the political ads you’ll have to endure,…


Today’s fun videos: Long versions

Although television is full of 30-second campaign commercials, the Internet is awash in longer videos from diferent groups that have so much to say and show that it won’t fit in that restricted time frame. With a little extra time, they can go above and…


McKenna’s free travel studied

SEATTLE – Washington’s Republican candidate for governor, Rob McKenna, has spent a lot of time as attorney general traveling on other people’s dime, the Seattle Times reported Sunday. The newspaper said McKenna accepted nearly three times as many privately paid trips and event tickets over the past seven years as his predecessor, Gov. Chris Gregoire, did during her last eight years as attorney general.


Dellwo vs. Holy, Introduction

Former state Rep. Dennis Dellwo, a Democrat, and attorney Jeff Holy, a Republican, make their case why their the best to represent the 6th Legislative District, in the state House. The district includes parts of the city of Spokane, and most of the West Plains.


Races
Governor, State of Washington
U.S. Representative, Congressional District 5
U.S. Senator, State of Washington
County Commissioner, Dist. 2, Spokane County
County Commissioner, Dist. 1, Spokane County
State Representative, Pos. 1, Legislative District 3 (central Spokane)
State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 3 (central Spokane)
State Senator, Legislative District 3 (central Spokane)
State Representative, Pos. 1, Legislative District 4 (Spokane Valley)
State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 4 (Spokane Valley)
State Senator, Legislative District 4 (Spokane Valley)
State Representative, Pos. 1, Legislative District 6 (West Plains and western Spokane)
State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 6 (West Plains and western Spokane)
State Representative, Pos. 1, Legislative District 7 (Northeastern Washington)
State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 7 (Northeastern Washington)
State Representative, Pos. 1, Legislative District 9 (Southeastern Washington)
State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 9 (Southeastern Washington)
State Senator, Legislative District 9 (Southeastern Washington)
Attorney General, State of Washington
Commissioner of Public Lands, State of Washington
Insurance Commissioner, State of Washington
Lt. Governor, State of Washington
Secretary of State, State of Washington
State Auditor, State of Washington
State Treasurer, State of Washington
Superintendent of Public Instruction, State of Washington
Supreme Court Pos. 2, State of Washington
Supreme Court Pos. 8, State of Washington
Supreme Court Pos. 9, State of Washington
Measures
Cheney Prop. 1
Cheney Prop. 2
Fire District 9, Prop. 1
Spokane Valley Fire Dept., Prop. 1

About the results: Primary elections in the state of Washington utilize a “Top 2” election system. The two candidates who receive the most votes in the Primary advance to the General Election, regardless of their party preference. Both “winning” candidates (and uncontested candidates) for a given race are denoted with green checkmark in the Spokesman-Review Election Center results. (Judicial races are an exception to this rule; see below.)

Supreme Court races: As per Washington election law, a judicial candidate who receives more than half of the votes in a primary election wins the seat and does not have to run in the November general election. A judicial race between only two candidates will therefore decide that race. If a candidate in a race of three or more people wins with over 50% of the vote, they will win the seat; otherwise, the top two candidates will advance to the November general election.



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