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Washington voters removed some taxes and made it tougher for the Legislature to create new ones, but seemed to turn down plans to privatize some state services. Idaho voters passed a string of changes to the state’s bonding rules designed to help hospitals, airports and other public projects. And Spokane voters turned thumbs down to Proposition 1, a plan to raise $5 million per year to help fight high school dropout rates.
Washington Republicans were lifted by a national tide in Tuesday’s elections, one that cost Democrats at least one of the state’s congressional seats and left a key U.S. Senate seat in doubt. Early returns indicate the tide will carry more Republicans into the still solidly Democratic-controlled Legislature in Olympia, and to the already Republican-dominated courthouse in Spokane. Because Washington votes will continue to arrive in the mail for more than a week, close races might not be decided until right before Thanksgiving.
The Sasquatch of politics has come and gone again. And we’re left to consider whether the Undecided Voter really exists, and if so, what natural phenomena provide an explanation.
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Here are initial results from contested races elsewhere across the Inland Northwest. • Assessor
Running election updates for Spokane County and Eastern Washington.
Jaime Herrera was elected to Washington state’s open 3rd Congressional District seat tonight, becoming the first Republican to represent the district in a dozen years.
Voters today select governors in more than two-thirds of the states, the largest-ever number of gubernatorial races on the ballot. Republicans seek large statehouse gains to match a hoped-for sweep in Congress.
Candidates up and down the ticket scrambled for votes on Election Day.
WASHINGTON — The fate of the Democratic Congress was put before voters today in midterm elections that drew Americans to balloting stations starting before dawn, some clamoring for change, others digging in their heels against resurgent Republicans. Expectations took hold in both camps that the political order was in for a makeover in these anxious times.
WASHINGTON – How early will America know if it’s a Republican romp or if Democrats somehow minimized their damage? There should be plenty of clues this evening – and long before bedtime. Final results in some states might not be known for days. But trends could be evident from the Midwest and South – especially from Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia – even before most of the nation has finished dinner.
We did it, my friends. We have somehow reached the finish line of Campaign 2010. Tonight the votes will be counted, the winners will be declared, and the country will be polarized even worse than it was before all the name-calling started.
State Sen. Chris Marr addresses Democrats at the Lincoln Center on Tuesday night, Nov. 2, 2010.
Michael Baumgartner celebrates with supporters at the Spokane County Republic Party’s election night event at the Davenport Hotel on Tuesday night, Nov. 2, 2010. Baumgartner was leading state Sen. Chris Marr in early returns.
State Rep. John Driscoll, a Democrat, talks about the early returns in Spokane County on Tuesday night, Nov. 2, 2010.
Democratic challenger Daryl Romeyn reacts to early numbers in his race against Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.