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Politics Northwest

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

November 7, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday briefing: mail ballots v. polling place headaches, gender gap, rape talk

Good Morning:

Hey, guess what, it’s over, well, except for some good ol’ fashioned slow Washington ballot counting. Old conventional wisdom How do these strange Western states deal with mail voting? Isn’t it dangerous or weird? Not usually. New conventional wisdom: We are so sick and tired of standing in long lines in Central Florida. Or having some machine try to change a vote preference in Pennsylvania. Maybe we can we get some mail balloting or something?

Much ado about women voters: Both presidential candidates relentlessly wooed women voters. Exit polls show that effort paid off in swing states more for Barack Obama. Both men worked hard on this demographic group and it’s a big one. Something like 53 percent of the electorate nationally and in our state is female. Speak carefully to these voters.

Speaking of women. When the textbook is written on Election 2012, the takeaway word to the wise candidate about mentioning abortion and rape in the same sentence will be, don’t. All three candidates for U.S. Congress or U.S. Senate who went down that sorry path found it is a losing strategy. Just ask Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin. He lost. Dial up Richard Mourdock in Indiana. He lost. And in our own state, Republican Congressional candidate John Koster also said the wrong thing about abortion and rape. Maybe it wasn’t the reason, but he also lost by a surprisingly strong number.

 

The vote on Initiative 502
legalizing marijuana
Source: Secretary of State

Pot and gay marriage: Anyone have a guess why pot legalization fared so much better statewide — and county by county — than gay marriage in Washington? The maps are interesting.

 

The vote on Referendum 74
for same-sex marriage
Source: Secretary of State

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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