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Spin Control

Polls close in six states at 4 p.m. PST

Polls will close soon in six states, and the vote-counting and projecting will begin.

Those states are
South Carolina

We'll blog the results as we get them. Stick with Spin Control and the other Spokesman-Review blogs as we await the first results from Washington and Idaho.

Spokane County will have two vote counts tonight. One shortly after 8 p.m., and another at around 10:45 p.m. They'll count again at noon Wednesday and 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Kootenai County Elections Supervisor Deedie Beard says they will not go home until they've counted all their ballots. She's guessing 1 a.m. Wednesday or so.

Turnout was reported heavy in many states, including Virginia, where elections officials estimate 75 percent of eligible voters will cast ballots.

And of course Washington and Idaho voters will say "75 percent. That's nothing. We expect to be above 80 percent."

That's true, but we have a history of being strong-voting states. And this isn't a competition.

Well, not really.

But if reports of local turnout translate across the states, Washington and Idaho voters won't have anything to be ashamed of when all the votes are counted.

Just a reminder: "all the votes counted" in Washington doesn't happen for more than a week.

The Spokesman-Review's political team keeps a critical eye on local, state and national politics.