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Mapping the vote: Tale of 2 gun initiatives

Spokane County votes on the gun initiatives are almost, but not quite, a mirror image of each other. (Click on the “continue reading” function to see both maps on the same page.) That’s not surprising, considering the two ballot measures essentially were competing with each… Read more

Otter thanks supporters, says Balukoff ran a ‘solid race’ that brought up important issues

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has issued a statement thanking his supporters for his re-election to a third term, and saying he’s “thrilled” with the outcome of the election, both in Idaho and across the nation. “I firmly believe that Idahoans have elected the entire slate… Read more

Incumbent Judge Randy Brandt looks likely to lose race

A District Court judge is on the verge of being the first Spokane County judge rejected for re-election in nearly 25 years. After Wednesday’s counting of ballots, Judge Randy Brandt trailed his opponent, attorney Aimee Maurer, by 1,833 votes, up from 1,704 votes after the first count on Tuesday. Read more

Analysis: Election results suggest redder future for Spokane County

There was a point Tuesday night when Spokane-area Democrats gathered to watch the election returns had little to cheer about except the likely passage of a statewide initiative requiring broader background checks on gun sales. Spokane County returns were showing that incumbents in the reliably Democratic 3rd Legislative District were coasting to re-election, and long-term County Auditor Vicky Dalton was headed for another four years. Read more

Doug Clark: Turn ‘County Crank’ sign prank into cash for food bank

I have a hundred – do I hear $200? Yes. That’s two hundred. Read more

Idaho Republican candidates sweep all statewide offices

BOISE – It took until Wednesday morning at 7, but GOP newcomer Sherri Ybarra eked out a slim win in the race for Idaho state schools chief, completing a Republican sweep of all statewide offices that echoed results in Idaho elections since 2006. Democrats picked up one seat in the state Legislature thanks to upsets in Moscow and Lewiston, but GOP dominance of the Idaho Statehouse remained otherwise unchanged: 80 percent of seats went to Republicans, down from 81 percent. Read more

Mapping the Vote: 6th District Senate race

Incumbent Sen. Mike Baumgartner topped Democratic challenger Rich Cowan in most precincts outside the city of Spokane. Inside the city, Cowan picked up votes in some South Hill and Northside precincts but Baumgartner showed strong in others. Read more

Mapping the vote: Spokane County votes for Congress

The pattern for the U.S. House candidates in Spokane County was similar to those for most county offices. Democratic challenger Joe Pakootas captured some precincts in the city of Spokane, Republican incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers won almost everywhere else. For a closer look at the… Read more

Republicans roll in Idaho - again

Here’s a link to my full day-after story at on Idaho’s election results. It took until this morning at 7, but GOP newcomer Sherri Ybarra eked out a slim win in the race for Idaho state schools chief, completing a Republican sweep of all… Read more

Mapping the vote: Spokane County turnout

Spokane County turnout currently stands at 35.5 percent, which isn’t very good, but there are still plenty of ballots to count. But as the map above shows, it wasn’t consistent across the county, with much lower turnout in many of the city of Spokane precincts,… Read more

Idaho Dems chair: ‘We are strong and getting stronger’

Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Larry Kenck, in a statement today, said the close race for state superintendent of schools was “a testament to the fact that we ran strong despite an adverse election climate,” that saw big GOP wins both in Idaho and nationwide. Kenck… Read more

Otter: ‘It says something great about Republican principles’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, in brief comments late last night to KTVB-TV, pondered his re-election to a rare consecutive third four-year term. “This is the first one in the 21st century,” he said. “What I believe it says, it says something great about Republican principles,… Read more

Ybarra statement: ‘I am honored and proud’

Sherri Ybarra, Idaho’s newly, and narrowly, elected state superintendent of schools, has issued this statement: “First I want to thank my family for standing by my side and for all of their love and support. I want to give a huge thank you to all… Read more

Mapping the vote: Spokane county treasurer

In a pattern that became familiar in Tuesday’s election, Republican County Treasurer Rob Chase carried most of the precincts outside of the city of Spokane, while Democratic challenger Amy Biviano won much of the city. For a better view of the results, click on the… Read more

Mapping the vote: Spokane County auditor

Auditor Vicky Dalton escaped the fate of other Democrats running for office, beating Republican challenger Alene Lindstrand by extending her winning vote totals beyond the city of Spokane to much of the other county precincts Read more

Mapping the vote: Spokane County clerk

Here’s how the precinct votes broke down in the race between Tim Fitzgerald and Mary Wissink for Spokane County clerk. For a closer look, click on the document below. Read more

Balukoff concedes to Otter in gov’s race

A.J. Balukoff, the Democratic candidate for governor, has conceded the election to GOP Gov. Butch Otter; Balukoff said he offered Otter his congratulations in a late-night phone call. “Being governor is often a thankless job, and I commend Gov. Otter for his public service,” Balukoff… Read more

The Wednesday Slice question

To what extent do you care about politics on the other side of the state line? Read more

Ybarra wins close race after long night of vote-counting

The results from Tuesday’s election are finally complete, and Republican Sherri Ybarra has defeated Democrat Jana Jones for state school superintendent by 5,715 votes, a razor-thin 50.7 percent to 49.3 percent. Here’s a link to our full story at on the results in Idaho’s… Read more

Looks like superintendent race results won’t be clear ‘til morning…

This picture from the Ada County elections office at 2:15 a.m. shows bins of ballots still waiting to be counted; at this point, just 48 percent of the vote in Ada County has been counted, and it’s by far the largest county in the state,… Read more