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November 6, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Top McKenna aide: No idea who will be next governor

Who’s the next governor going to be? Rob McKenna’s longest-serving aide says he has no idea. The patterns of all-mail voting still haven’t been parsed in enough detail to support any reasonably accurate prognostications, Chris Johnson says. “We can’t predict who votes early, in the middle or late,” he said. Johnson is an old political hand. He went…

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November 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Reichert: Easy winner, tough job ahead

One of Tuesday’s easy winners was U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, beneficiary of a much friendlier district courtesy of redistricting. But Reichert chose to speak of battles, and battles to come, when he addressed Republicans at their election party in Bellevue. “It is easy today,” he said, “but it was a tough road to get here.” He hearkened…

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November 6, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Baumgartner: a ‘Rocky’ finish?

Longshot Republican U.S. Senate candidate Michael Baumgartner took the podium at the Republican election-night party in Bellevue shortly before the first results were posted.  He didn’t concede his race to incumbent Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell, but he came close. It’s an uphill fight, the state senator from Spokane told the crowd, “but hopefully Rocky’ll pull a…

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November 6, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Roach, Eyman make political fashion statement

[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”1952433535001″][/do] (Video by Lynda V. Mapes/The Seattle Times) Seen at the Washington State Republican Party’s election night party at the Bellevue Hyatt: Initiative maven Tim Eyman and state Sen. Pam Roach, wearing the same red T-shirt. “2/3 For Taxes Constitutional Amendment,” it reads. Roach, R-Sumner, says she’s tired of voters passing Eyman’s tax-limiting initatives, only to…

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