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A chastened President Barack Obama signaled a willingness to compromise with Republicans on tax cuts and energy policy today, one day after his party lost control of the House and suffered deep Senate losses in midterm elections.
Democrats will hold a three-seat majority in the state Senate and an eight-seat majority in the state House if current trends in election results hold.
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.