Local and State Elections 2012

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Local lawmakers returned to Olympia

WALLA WALLA — Voters in Legislative District 16 have returned three local incumbents to their seats in the state House and Senate.

Incumbent, newcomer sail to wins in county commission races

WALLA WALLA — An incumbent and a newcomer appear to have won decisive victories in races for two Walla Walla County commission seats.

Talbott wins Columbia County Commissioner race

Mike Talbott has defeated Tom Bensel in the race for Columbia County commissioner, Position 2. In the preliminary count Tuesday, Talbott received 1,029 votes, for 53 percent, with Bensel receiving 912 votes, for 47 percent.

McCabe easily wins reelection in Garfield County

Garfield County Commissioner Wynne McCabe has won reelection to a second term in Position 2. On Tuesday, he received 793 votes, or nearly 69 percent. Challenger David Ledgerwood received 360 votes.

Local election result wrap-up

Look for follow up stories in tomorrow's Union-Bulletin and here online.

Election Day is here – it's time for a political quiz

To steal from Tina Fey, sometimes it feels like just living through this election has made us all a little dumber.

GOP could end 20-year losing streak in Oregon

PORTLAND (AP) — Republicans have a chance to snap a two-decade losing streak for Oregon statewide offices and take control of the state House as last-minute voters return their ballots before the deadline this evening.

Costliest state election reaches finale

OLYMPIA — Washington state’s most expensive election year in history neared its grand finale today, with voters deciding who to choose in one of the country’s most competitive governor’s races and whether to legalize marijuana and gay marriage — two initiatives that have been backed by big money and names.

Obama, Romney pursue votes up to last minute

Polls on the eve of Election Day showed a neck-and-neck race. The winner must get 270 electoral votes.

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney made their last stands of the 2012 campaign today, employing their last vestiges of energy, celebrity boosters and plenty of jet fuel to encourage every supporter and the few remaining undecideds to tip the vote in their favor.

Students among thousands voting on races, issues

Students at Giaudrone Middle School in Tacoma have spent the week learning about civic responsibility.

Gay marriage backers of R74 outraise foes

OLYMPIA (AP) -- In the final days of the election, gay marriage supporters hold a strong financial advantage over the group looking to overturn Washington state's law allowing same-sex marriage.

Turnout already about 26 percent for election

WALLA WALLA — With only a week to go, slightly more than a quarter of Walla Walla County’s voters have returned their ballots for Nov. 7 general election, county officials said today.

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