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Gov debate set for Spokane?

What may well be the first gubernatorial debate of the Washington election season could happen June 12 in Spokane. Or not. The Association of Washington Business, which has a long history of gubernatorial matchups in front of its membership, wants to have Attorney General Rob…


McLaughlin considering bid against Brown

The proposed new boundaries for Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District could be helpful for a potential bid by Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin. The proposed district (map here) still would strongly favor Democrats, but it also would add some Republican-leaning precincts. McLaughlin said last week that she will…


Romney, Santorum neck and neck in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney waged a seesaw battle for supremacy in Iowa’s Republican presidential caucuses late Tuesday night, the opening round of a campaign to pick a challenger to President Barack Obama. Texas Rep. Ron Paul ran third.


Obama: Core philosophy of GOP candidates identical

In making the case for his re-election, President Barack Obama is arguing that it doesn’t matter who the Republicans nominate to run against him because the core philosophy of the GOP candidates is the same and will stand in sharp relief with his own.


McMorris Rodgers endorses Romney

The campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has won the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, Romney’s campaign announced today. McMorris Rodgers will serve as Romney’s chairwoman in Washington, his campaign said in a news release.


Cain’s popularity reaches new heights

CONCORD, N.H. — Herman Cain basked Wednesday in the glow that attends top-tier contenders in New Hampshire and began scrambling to assemble the sort of staff needed to capitalize on a surge that has blindsided Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other Republican rivals.


WSU in NYT: The Anti-Christ in politics

Not sure how often this happens, but over the weekend, a guest column by a Washington State University professor was featured in the New York Times. Matthew Sutton, an associate professor of history at WSU, writes about the prospect that the apocalyptic beliefs of some…


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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