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Gov debate 4: Fights continue over school funding, partisanship

Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna clashed over same-sex marriage, Medicaid and the best way to get more money to the state’s public schools Thursday night. Each accused the other of ignoring the “will of the voters” when it was convenient. Each claimed the ability to…


Today’s fun video: Tired of all those polls?

The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook Jon Stewart skewers the over-use of polls by the national media.


Gubernatorial debate tonight; U.S Senate Friday

Joe Biden and Paul Ryan aren’t the only debate on the schedule tonight for Washington voters. In a sense, they are the opening act for Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna, who will debate in Seattle at 9 p.m. (Although some people might argue the governor’s…


McKenna dance video goes viral

On the eve of Washington’s next gubernatorial debate, a video featuring Republican Rob McKenna doing Gangnam style dancing apparently has gone viral. That’s according to Geek Wire which also suggests McKenna may have an edge on capturing the dork vote with his performance at a…


I-502 puts former feds in TV ad

Those wondering what the Initiative 502 would do with that boatload of money it is sitting on have at least part of an answer. Today they unveiled a television ad that features three federal law enforcement types — two former district attorneys and one former…


Gregoire video appears on anti Ref 74 blog

The National Organization for Marriage, which is opposing the ballot measure which would let Washington recognize same-sex marriage, posted a video on its blog that suggests President Obama was hiding his support for such unions for several months. It’s a clip of Gov. Chris Gregoire…


Watch Billig, McLaughlin make their pitch

Today, we launch a series of videos on local election, giving candidates a chance to explain their platform and positions on several issues. We’ll start with the race for state Senate in central Spokane between state Rep. Andy Billig and Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin….


Fun video2: McKenna tries his hand at Gangnam dancing

While the Democrats tried their hand at comedy, Republican Rob McKenna tried his feet at dancing last weekend. Appearing at the Global Korean Day Celebration in Seattle on Saturday, McKenna joined some young dancers on the stage for some Gangnam style dancing. From the video,…


McMorris Rodgers, Cowan debate for first time

The Democratic opponent of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in the November election used much of the first debate for Congressional seat representing Spokane working to portray the incumbent Republican as an engrained fixture in a bickering Congress. But McMorris Rodgers used her time to…


Today’s fun video: Brown, Cantwell try comedy

Washington Democrats got together recently to give out awards, and the prize for “Rising Star” went to former legislative and congressional aide Marcus Riccelli, a current candidate for the state House of Representatives. One might think that Democrats might want to hold off on proclaiming…


WA ranked No. 6 for biz climate

Candidates trying to make points this year by decrying Washington as a terrible place to do business, take heed: One national organization rates Washington No. 6 for its “business tax climate.” That’s sixth from the top, or best state (Wyoming), not sixth worst (New York)….


Bad tweet from Obama camp on voter signup

The tweetster for the president — we’re guessing Barack Obama is too busy to be sending these things out himself — urged people this morning to fill out and mail in a voter registration form by today to meet deadlines. Fill in your name, e-mail…


Cantwell outraises Baumgartner 3-to-1

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell raised more than three times as much money for her re-election campaign in the last quarter as her Republican challenger, state Sen. Mike Baumgartner, raised in his effort to unseat her. The Cantwell campaign reported last week she had raised more…


Update: Both sides of Ref. 74 campaign in Spokane Tuesday

Expect some action tomorrow for the forces for and against Referendum 74, the ballot measure to affirm the law allowing same-sex marriage in Washington. The Family Policy Institute of Washington, which is opposing Ref. 74, has invited Rick Santorum, former U.S. senator and GOP presidential…


Online voter registration closes tonight in WA

OLYMPIA — Time is running out for Washington residents who want to vote for president, governor, for or against legalized marijuana, same-sex marriage, charter schools or any or all of the other things on the Nov. 6 ballot. Tonight is the deadline to sign up…


Today’s fun video: SNL’s debate send-up

A new theory on why Obama tanked in last week’s debate…


Sunday Spin: A Republican says yes to a tax hike

Early last week, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike Baumgartner may have raised some eyebrows by endorsing I-502, the ballot measure that would legalize marijuana for adults in Washington. Later in the week he offered up another surprise. He backed a tax increase. Seriously. A…


Sunday Spin: Endorsements galore

This is also the time of the campaign season when candidates show off their endorsements and awards. Some readers and campaign staffs ask why the newspaper pays scant attention to them. The answer is we look for endorsements that are so surprising as to constitute…


Sunday Spin: What’s in a name?

OLYMPIA – Close races 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…


Vote Smart guide on line

One more tool for the voter trying to figure out how to mark a ballot for president: Project Vote Smart has released its Voters Self Defense Manual for 2012, which features the stances of the five most common presidential candidates — Barack Obama and Mitt…



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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