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u 2014 Aug. 5 Washington Primary Election



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Two-thirds of voters skipped primary

Less than one in three. That’s the final statewide turnout of voters for the Aug. 5 primary, which stands at a smidgen over 31 percent. Spokane County did marginally better, at 35.3 percent with the final count certified this afternoon. At least it moved up…


GOP control of Senate likely in 2015 unless…

Mapping the vote: Here’s how the votes in the 6th District Senate Primary shape up. For a bigger view of those results, or to compare them with a hypothetical matchup from 2012 *, click on the documents below. OLYMPIA – Republicans are in the driver’s…


McMorris Rodgers explains vote in favor of Obama lawsuit

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said her vote authorizing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama was cast to voice frustration over what she called executive overreach. “I certainly have heard a concern about the executive branch, the administration deciding unilaterally what the law is going to be,” McMorris Rodgers said in her downtown Spokane office Wednesday.


Sunday Spin: A class in primary math

The weekend after the primary seems like a good time for a lesson in primary numbers, which is offered by the Poli Sci Department, not the Math Department. Election Math 101 teaches us that the most important number is who has the most votes. But…


Mapping the vote: County Commish race

As colleague Mike Prager reports in today’s paper, Spokane County Commissioner Al French thinks he’ll improve his vote totals in the fall as the election moves from his District 3 to the entire county. French has a point that District 3 trends more Democratic than…


WA Elex Congress: McMorris Rodger v. Pakootas; Didier v. Newhouse

Congress may be unpopular, but in Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District, five-term incumbent Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was not with voters casting ballots in Tuesday’s primary. McMorris Rodgers, a member of the GOP leadership in the House, finished the evening with more than half the…


Clock ticking down to primary deadline

The deadline for getting a primary ballot in is 8 p.m. tonight. If your ballot is still sitting on your counter or coffee table, you might want to consider marking it, putting it in the envelope and taking it to a drop box, because it…


Help for procrastinating voters

So you found that ballot on the counter and had one of those “Oops” moments. As in “Oops, I meant to figure out who deserves my vote in that legislative/county/congressional race. But I forgot.” Not too late. One of the advantages of all mail voting…


Time running out on those ballots

If you still have your primary ballot somewhere around the house, well you’re pretty much like most people in Washington. Less than a fourth of all ballots in Spokane County had been returned as of Monday morning, and elections officials’ optimistic scenario has a turnout…


Nazi comments continue to provide ammo to I-594 debate

A suggestion by an NRA spokesman that Jews should oppose gun control because of what happened in Nazi Germany has added new ammunition to the debate over two competing measures on the November ballot. The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and others on Tuesday called…





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