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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

October 17, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday briefing: So, who won the debates?; Paul Ryan, dishwasher extraordinaire

Good Morning.

Debating the debate double-header: OK, then. The supposedly make-or-break presidential and gubernatorial debates have come and gone. Now it’s up to you, the voters. Did Barack Obama do what he had to do? A lot of analysts say he did. Did he beat Mitt Romney or vice versa? What exactly are “binders full of women,” as mentioned by Romney?

Much closer to home, who won the final Washington governor’s debate?  Democrat Jay Inslee? Republican Rob McKenna?

If the discussion about the candidates thus far has been sort of academic or  mildly entertaining, things get more serious now for Washington voters. It’s show time. Ballots start going out today. The latest poll shows Obama running away in Washington state but a much closer governor’s race.

Women voters, darlings/flip-floppers of the 2012 election: Before the first presidential debate, the gender gap —  the difference in the percentage of women and percentage of men voting for a given candidate — had women heavily favoring President Obama. That was certainly true before the first debate, and we don’t know enough yet about the impacts of the second debate. But before the candidates took the stage last night, the gender gap had narrowed quite a bit. What is up with women voters? Every candidate is trying to appeal to them. Why did women change their minds so significantly? Just asking.

You didn’t clean that: Did Paul Ryan, upon visiting a soup kitchen in the ultra-Rust Belt city of Youngstown, Ohio — easy, I was raised a few hours down the road — wash clean or dirty dishes? So many different takes on the same photo op.

Keep your eye on the metal pans in this version of things

http://youtu.be/M2WVJNxOpvY

 

c

 

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