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November 6, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Cantwell third-term priorities: jobs, filibuster reform

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell didn’t have to sweat too much tonight, as her victory over Spokane state Sen. Michael Baumgartner was called early.

Democrat Cantwell promised to prioritize jobs, especially “getting more aviation jobs in Washington state” in her third term. She also said she would work to change the rules around the filibuster, which Republicans in the Senate have been using to require 60 votes for passage of bills favored by Democrats.

“I’m not going back to the United States Senate to salute stalemate,” she said in a brief speech. “I’m going back there to put in economic policies to get our people back to work.”

In an interview, Cantwell said she beat Republican Baumgartner because her economic policies were more specific and realistic.

Cantwell, who was leading Baumgartner with more than 59 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s incomplete results, said she spoke with Baumgartner and wished him well in the future.

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