(scroll down for latest updates on state/local vote notes)
That’s what it was like inside Skylark two hours ago a few minutes after Sen. Obama was declared President-Elect Obama (the bigscreen TV had switched from Jon Stewart to CNN by then). Half an hour later, as we drove back to WSB HQ, we saw more signs of revelry: Along Delridge, a woman and kids, jumping up and down and shouting at passing cars. Not far from where we caught one last voter scooting in with seconds to go till the doors closed on a tremendously busy Election Day at Delridge Community Center (more than 1200 ballots, we were told):
STATE/LOCAL RESULTS LINKS:
Governor and other major statewide offices
Seattle Pike Place Market and Parks levies
Sound Transit Prop 1
Statewide ballot initiatives (985, 1000, 1029)
Local legislators (all unopposed)
King County charter amendments
10:15 PM UPDATE: CNN is projecting Gov. Gregoire will win re-election; currently leading in the vote count, 52%-48%. Initiative 985 losing, 1000 and 1029 winning. Seattle levies both passing. Outside Seattle but notable – Darcy Burner well ahead in rematch with U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (results here).
10:50 PM UPDATE: New ballot totals released by King County in past half-hour still show the parks and Pike Place levies passing handily (both needed only simple majorities). All county charter amendments except 1 are passing – looks like more county leaders will have to run as nonpartisan candidates in the future. In notes from elsewhere, the California same-sex-marriage ban is leading; Minnesota Senate race is almost a tie – less than 200 votes between challenger Al Franken (former Saturday Night Live cast member) and the Republican incumbent he ran against.