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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2012


Updated map of the 4th Legislative District race between Matt Shea and Amy Biviano (Jim Camden)

Mapping the Vote: Shea leads Biviano 

State Rep. Matt Shea has a seemingly insurmountable lead over Democoratic challenger Amy Biviano. She won some precincts in Millwood and the City of Spokane Valley; he won everything else. For a more detailed look at this map, click on the PDF document below.

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Map of the votes for Spokane County Commissioner District 1 base on Election Night totals (Jim Camden)

Mapping the Vote: Mielke leads Roskelley

Incumbent County Commissioner Todd Mielke has a comfortable lead over former Commissioner John Roskelley in the race for Commissioner District 1. Roskelley had strong support in some parts of the City of Spokane, but Mielke is running ahead in most other precincts. For a closer…

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Map of the Spokane County results for the 5th Congressional District race on Election Night (Jim Camden)

Mapping the Vote: Spokane on U.S. House race

Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers easily won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, and defeated Democrat Rich Cowan in all the counties in the Eastern Washington District, including Spokane County. Click here to see a map of the vote for all of Eastern Washington's 5th…

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Map of the U.S. Senate race results in Spokane County on Election Night (Jim Camden)

Mapping the Vote: Spokane on U.S. Senate

Democrat Maria Cantwell easily won a third term in the U.S. Senate in the statewide vote, but is running only slightly ahead of Republican Mike Baumgartner in Spokane County. If trends hold, Baumgartner's home county would be the only Eastern Washington County she carries. Click…

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Spokane County's vote for president in the count of ballots on Election Night (Jim Camden)

Mapping the Vote: Spokane on president 

Although Washington state as a whole went for Barack Obama, Spokane County and Eastern Washington went for Mitt Romney. Here's a look at the votes counted on Election Night. For a look at the statewide map, click here. For a closer look at the Spokane…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 6, 2012

Marijuana measure passes

Initiative 502, which legalizes recreational marijuana use for adults in Washington, will pass. The Associated Press has called the race, and we here at Spin Control agree. It's at 56 percent yes to 44 percent no, and that's too big of a margin to turn…

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I marked my ballot. Now what?

After Washington voters have marked their ballot, sealed it and signed the envelope, they have two choices. Put a stamp on it and mail it. But remember it has to be postmarked today, so you'll need to take it to a post office, to make…

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Uh-oh! I lost my ballot? Now what?

If you lost your ballot, mistakenly threw it out with some junk mail, spilled coffee on it,or the kids drew on it with crayons or the dog ate it, you are not SOL in Washington. County elections offices have "Voter Service Centers" where you can…

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MONDAY, NOV. 5, 2012

We're not the best presidential bellwethers

There was a time in the mid 20th Century when, as Washington and Idaho went in presidential elections, so went the country. But voters in the two states have been imperfect bellwethers of the presidential elections before and since. Spokane County voters have been a…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 3, 2012

More to this campaign than ho-ho-ho

The voice on the other end of the phone was deep and mellifluous. “Jim. It’s Santa Claus.” It did not belong to the most famous resident of the North Pole, but to a resident of Incline Village, Nev., whose legal name is Santa Claus. A…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 2, 2012

Washington voter rolls top 3.9 million 

OLYMPIA -- Washington has slightly more than 3.9 million registered voters for the 2012 general election. Those numbers include all the in-person registrations at county elections offices through Oct. 29. They are about 270,000 higher than 2008, which was also a record. Fora drill down…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 1, 2012

More options for that presidential vote 

If you don't like Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, you have other choices, and not just the four other candidates on Idaho’s presidential ballot, or the six others on Washington's. Voters also can – and hundreds do – write in another name on a space…

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