Your Voice, Your Vote: General Election Results
Ballots are still be counted in the 2012 General Election, however, the race to replace Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire is a tight contest between Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna. Late Tuesday night, Inslee was slightly ahead, but on a phone conference call, McKenna says that he doesn't expect things to be settled tonight or maybe even tomorrow.
In the U.S. Senate in the State of Washington, Maria Cantwell looking to be elected to a third term and clinched re-election, defeating Republican newcomer Michael Baumgartner.
Meantime, supporters of gay marriage in Washington state say they're in a "very strong position," with early returns showing voters narrowly approving same-sex marriage in the state. With about half of the expected ballots counted Tuesday night, Referendum 74 was passing with 52 percent of the vote. The measure asked Washingtonians to approve or reject a state law legalizing same-sex marriage that lawmakers passed earlier this year. That law was signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire, but has been on hold pending the election's outcome. The referendum has its strongest lead in is the state's largest county, King, where it's winning 65 percent of the vote.
And, Washington voters have made their state the first in the nation to legalize recreational pot use, setting up a showdown with a federal government that backs the drug's prohibition.
The Washington measure sets up a system of state-licensed marijuana growers, processors and retail stores, where adults over 21 can buy up to an ounce. It also establishes a standard blood test limit for driving under the influence. Estimates have showed pot taxes could bring in hundreds of millions of dollars a year, but the sales won't start until state officials make rules to govern the legal weed industry.
And in Union Gap, voters decide to switch from a strong mayor form of government to a city manager strong council form of government. By a a ten percent margin, 55 to 45%, it looks like that will be approved.
Election Results from WA Secretary of State, click here.
County Election Results, click counties below.