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Nov. 8, 2022

Washington General Election, Nov. 8

On the Ballot


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Georgia Republicans distance themselves from Herschel Walker after abortion report

Top Georgia Republicans are distancing themselves from Herschel Walker in the aftermath of a report that the U.S. Senate nominee paid his girlfriend to have an abortion in 2009 and explosive accusations from his adult son calling his father a liar and charlatan.

‘Politics are going to get injected’: Days after Ian, campaigns roar back to life

Even one of the state’s worst natural disasters couldn’t keep politics at bay for long in Florida. Less than a week after Hurricane Ian devastated parts of the state’s southwest coast and flooded its central region, many Florida campaigns are roaring back to life this week, eager to resume politicking just days after many candidates were more focused on helping affected residents survive and …

Who should be the boss of Spokane’s city attorney? Voters will decide in November

Voters next month will weigh in on a power struggle at City Hall between city councilmembers and the mayor’s office over Spokane’s legal representation.

Getting There: Airway Heights will ask voters to increase sales tax to pay for roads

Proposition 1 on the Airway Heights ballot will ask voters to approve a 10-year, three-tenths of one percent sales tax on goods and services sold within city limits dedicated specifically for road construction. Airway Heights, which nearly doubled in size from 6,100 residents in the 2010 census to 10,757 in 2020, is one of 55 cities statewide that funds what’s known as a transportation benefit district through a portion of the sales tax, according to the Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington. 

Republicans hopeful with Smiley Senate run, but likely face an uphill battle against longtime senator Murray

There’s no doubt that Republicans are underdogs when trying to capture statewide office in Washington. They haven’t won an election for governor since 1980. They haven’t won a race for U.S. Senate since 1994. They hold no statewide offices.

Trump set to return to Michigan, looks to energize his base for November

Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to return to Michigan Saturday with Republicans in the state hoping he can motivate his base of supporters and help secure Macomb County, a key area the GOP needs to win in November.

Democrat Dalton hopes to fend off Republican McCaslin in race for Spokane County Auditor

Dalton has served as county auditor since 1999. McCaslin is a state legislator who has repeatedly supported efforts to audit Spokane County’s 2020 election. 

Election workers train for battle against conspiracy theories and misinformation before midterms

Across the country, election clerks have spent the last two years waging an information and public relations battle to restore faith in elections. They’re doing more TV interviews, giving more office tours and retooling their social media presences. They’re keeping up with legislation to overhaul elections and conspiracy theories spreading online. And they’re redoubling their efforts to explain the exhaustive steps they take to prevent fraud and run secure elections.

The 2022 midterm elections are already here

The calendar may still say September, but voting in the 2022 midterm elections is already underway in several states. That includes Illinois and Michigan, where in-person early voting gets started this week. In Minnesota, South Dakota, Virginia and Wyoming, the early voting period actually started last week.

Amber Waldref and Michael Cathcart battle it out for Spokane County Commission District 2

A former city councilwoman and an incumbent city councilman both hope to represent east Spokane on the Spokane County Commission. 

Crime, public safety top of mind for Graham, Kelso, House candidates for 6th district

Incumbent state Rep. Jenny Graham, a Republican who’s served in the Legislature since 2018, is facing Michaela Kelso, a Democrat who lives in Deer Park. 

Candidates for Washington secretary of state disagree on experience, election management, cybersecurity

Democrat incumbent Steve Hobbs and nonpartisan Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson will face off in the general election this November after finishing in the top two in the primary election.

Long-time Spokane state representative challenged by teacher who was fired for refusing to wear mask

Veteran state lawmaker Timm Ormsby, a Democrat, will face a former Spokane Public Schools teacher on the November ballot as he attempts re-election in the strongly Democratic 3rd Legislative District.

DNC registration effort targets college students ‘where they are’

The Democratic National Committee is launching a new voter registration effort targeting younger voters — including at college football games in two key states.

‘Growing numb’: Frustrated McConnell tries to keep focus on inflation, not culture wars

The Louisville mother who has sketched out a plan just to pay for groceries. The Nevada office worker who has replaced her children’s juice with water. The Arizona family forced to the food bank to put dinner on the table. These are the stories Mitch McConnell wants at the forefront of America’s political mindset in the final 50-some days before an election that’s developing into one of the most unpredictable midterm campaigns of the modern era.

Senate Republican’s bill puts abortion debate front and center in midterm elections

WASHINGTON – With the midterm election less than two months away, a GOP senator’s bill to restrict abortion nationwide has put the issue front and center in races in Washington state and across the country, energizing Democrats and frustrating some Republicans.

Voting equipment tested in a ‘dress rehearsal’ before Georgia election

Georgia election officials began testing voting equipment this week, an essential step to help ensure that 34,000 touchscreens and 4,000 ballot scanners will count votes correctly in this fall’s election.

If Republicans fail to retake the Senate, is Trump, McConnell or Scott most to blame?

If Republicans flounder in their effort to recapture the U.S. Senate less than two months from now, an inevitable blame game will commence over who’s most responsible for their midterm belly flop.

With control on the line, these 10 senators are most vulnerable

Control of the Senate in 2023 remains a toss-up race itself, as Democrats seek to expand their tiny majority and Republicans attempt to flip the chamber.