Local and State Elections 2012

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Statewide voter turnout expected to top 80 percent

Walla Walla County Auditor Karen Martin went a step further, estimating 85 percent turnout here.

OLYMPIA (AP) -- Washington state's top election official predicted Thursday that more than 80 percent of eligible voters would participate in the state's first completely vote-by-mail election for U.S. president.

Counties start sending ballots to Washington voters

OLYMPIA — The process of sending out more than 3.85 million ballots has begun.

Poll: Washington governor's race a 'tossup'

OLYMPIA — A new poll released Thursday shows an exceptionally close race between Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna in the final stretch of a campaign that’s considered to be one of the most competitive gubernatorial contests in the nation.

Comparing McKenna, Inslee on the issues

Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna are locked in one of the most competitive gubernatorial races in the country. Here’s a breakdown of how the two candidates stand on some of the major issues facing Washington state.

Seattle Times throws ad support behind McKenna

The company also plans to run ads in favor of the gay marriage measure.

OLYMPIA -- The Seattle Times Co. began an active campaign Wednesday to support Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and gay marriage, part of a push to demonstrate the effectiveness of newspaper political advertising.

Mitt Romney has edge on fiscal matters

The growing national debt fueled by deficit spending can’t be sustained. Changes have to be made to reduce the debt or this country will crumble.

Rich Cowan is best choice for US Congress

Congress is broken. The Democrat-controlled Senate and the Republican-controlled House are so entrenched in their partisan views that compromise is seen as evil.

Beyond 'Gangnam': Election issues that matter to young voters

SEATTLE — I’ve seen my dad do the Funky Chicken Dance at a wedding. Once, he came back from a cruise and showed us his Macarena. Last week I watched gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna do a “Gangnam Style” dance at a Washington state Korean Association event on YouTube .

Gay marriage backers raise $2.8 million in just six weeks

SEATTLE (AP) — The campaign to uphold the state’s gay marriage law raised $2.8 million in cash contributions over the past six weeks.

Local candidates to square off in Wednesday debate

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House candidates talk education, social issues

WALLA WALLA — Issues as diverse as same-sex marriage, student loans and the state budget were on the table before two candidates for the state House of Representatives Monday.

Cantwell has earned another term in Senate

Maria Cantwell has represented Washington state well in the U.S. Senate.

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