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The two candidates with the most votes will advance to the Nov. 6 general election. U.S. senators serve six-year terms and paid $174,000 per year plus healthcare and other benefits.

U.S. Senator, State of Washington

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Candidate Votes Pct
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%

* 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.


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Fri., Oct. 26, 2012, 10 a.m.

Did Shea break pledge to Republican group? 11 

In August, state Rep. Matt Shea appeared to be mending bridges in the local Republican Party. He attended a meeting of the Republicans of Spokane County and won the group's endorsement. The Republicans of Spokane County is an organization that formed a few years ago...

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Thu., Oct. 25, 2012, 9:29 p.m.

Notes from a Democratic rally

About 150 gathered for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell’s campaign rally this evening in Spokane at the Lincoln Center. There wasn’t much we haven’t heard on the trail before, so here are a few miscellaneous thoughts: -- The Democrats appear enthused about the race for Congress....

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Thu., Oct. 25, 2012, 3:56 p.m.

Obama backs Ref. 74 

OLYMPIA -- President Obama gave a thumbs up to Referendum 74, the ballot measure in Washington that would legalize same-sex marriage, supporters said today. Not a huge surprise, considering Obama came out in support of same-sex marriage earlier this year, a few months after the...

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Thu., Oct. 25, 2012, 9:12 a.m.

Complaint filed against flyers targetting McLaughlin 

Dozens if not hundreds of fliers left on cars and doorsteps against Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin’s campaign for state Senate could violate state disclosure law. The black-and-white fliers that appear to be printed with a copy machine or computer printer criticize McLaughlin, a Republican,...

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Thu., Oct. 25, 2012

Abortion re-enters discussion after awkward remark 68 

WASHINGTON – Just as Mitt Romney and other Republicans had cut into the Democrats’ advantage with female voters, a tea party-backed Senate candidate’s awkward remark – that if rape leads to pregnancy it’s “something God intended” – has propelled the emotional issue of abortion back to the political forefront. It’s put GOP candidates in tight races, from the presidential candidate on down, on the defensive. Divisive social issues are hardly what most GOP candidates want to be discussing in the few days remaining until elections largely hinging on jobs and the economy. Almost immediately after Richard Mourdock’s comment, Republican candidates distanced themselves from the Indiana state treasurer – though by varying degrees.

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Tue., Oct. 23, 2012, 9:50 p.m.

Inslee ad features Spokane

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee is attempting to make points with Spokane voters with a new television commercial that touts his ties to Eastern Washington, and features several local scenes. Standing on the Cliff Drive overlook to downtown Spokane, Inslee tells viewers "my wife Trudi...

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Tue., Oct. 23, 2012, 3:01 p.m.

Non-scientific surveys in the presidential race

Every four years at this time, businesses of almost every stripe try to piggy back on the presidential race to get a little publicity. Thus do we have the quadrennial report from the Halloween costume industry announcing which candidate is selling more masks. Right now,...

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Tue., Oct. 23, 2012, 1 p.m.

Fact-checking Prez Debate III

President Obama and former Gov. Romney kept the fact-checkers busy last night in their final debate. Here's some of the analysis: Politifact found quite a few partial truths, but called the Romney claim that Obama went on an apology tour a "pants on fire" lie....

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