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Washington Election Results 2012: Cantwell wins third term in Senate; Inslee, McKenna in battle for governorship

Here is a summary of the election results in Washington: (View full map)


President Obama captured Washington and its 12 electoral votes for a second straight election, as the Evergreen State has sided with the Democratic presidential candidate in every election since 1984. Obama topped John McCain four years ago with 58 percent of the vote but his margin over Mitt Romney was slimmer. Though Obama won fewer than half of Washington’s counties, he garnered nearly 70 percent of the vote in King County, which was more than enough to push him past his Republican foe.


Incumbent Sen. Maria Cantwell won re-election to a third term, garnering more than 59 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner. Cantwell swept up more than 70 percent of the vote in Seattle and surrounding King County alone.


Democrat Jay Inslee, a former congressman, was in a close fight with Republican challenger Rob McKenna, the state attorney general for the governorship. As of 6:45 a.m., only 51 percent of the vote had been counted with Inslee leading 51.3 percent to McKenna’s 48.7 percent. The winner will succeed Gov. Chris Gregoire (D), who opted against pursuing a third term.


In the newly-formed 10th District, Democrat Denny Heck fended off Dick Muri, a Gulf War veteran who lost in his second bid for Congress. The Democrats also scored a win in the redrawn 1st District, where Suzan DelBene topped John Koster to win the vacant seat. Congressional incumbents were successful elsewhere, and Democrat Derek Kilmer won the 6th District seat to replace retiring Rep. Norm Dicks.

Ballot Initiative: Legalize marijuana

Washington voters opted to legalize the production, sale and possession of marijuana for people 21 years and older. The measure was poised to pass with more than 55 percent of the vote.

More from PostPolitics:

- For full coverage of Election Night breaking news, including reporting from swing states around the country, follow The Post’s Election 2012 liveblog.

- The Grid aggregates the best multimedia, and commentary from across the social web in a clean, simple display.

- Updated election results on a county-by-county basis are available on the The Post’s election day map. Sort through the Senate, House, Gubernatorial, and Presidential election results.



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