West Seattle Election Night 2012: President re-elected; Referendum 74 passing; Inslee leading for governor; more…

November 6, 2012 at 8:19 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle politics | 32 Comments

(WEDNESDAY MORNING NOTE: The statewide updates stopped around midnight, so as the day begins, this reflects where things stand)

12:17 AM UPDATE: State results continue to be updated; King County results, done for the night. We’ll have breakouts later on a few key races/issues, but for now, we’re continuing to update them here:

Nationally, in case you missed it – President Obama has won re-election. (Photo above, by Kathy Oman for WSB, is from Feedback Lounge party, when the presidential race was called.) In King County, he has 68 percent of the vote (numbers here). (added) “We are an American family,” he says of the nation, in his speech @ 10:39 pm, adding, “I want to thank every American who participated in this election.” Earlier, he acknowledged his victory via Twitter:


In state and local ballot measures:

(At OutWest Bar: Photo by Nick Adams for WSB)
Referendum 74, marriage equality, ahead with 52 percent approval. (See numbers here)
Initiative 502, marijuana regulation, ahead with 56 percent approval. (See numbers here)
Initiative 1240, charter schools, ahead with 51 percent. (See numbers here)
Initiative 1185, Tim Eyman’s tax-and-fee-approval measure, leading with 65 percent. (See numbers here)
King County Sheriff, John Urquhart is leading with 57 percent. (See numbers here)
White Center annexation by Burien, trailing at 36 percent yes, 63 percent no. (See numbers here)

State races: Jay Inslee leading for governor with 51 percent – see all the state executive-level races here.

Federal races: U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott far ahead with 81 percent. Here’s the statewide map through which you can check congressional results … Senator Maria Cantwell with 59 percent (numbers here).

Other ballot measures:
*Seattle seawall bonds winning approval, 77 percent (numbers here)
*King County levy for automatic fingerprint ID, 59 percent approval (numbers here)

We’ll update this till the vote-counting stops for the night.

32 Comments

  1. Referendum 74…now leading!!!! Worried there for a bit,

    Comment by Jason Douros — 8:34 pm November 6, 2012 #

  2. Gone to a party?
    The sos sites I looked at in the links show 74 approved and 502 approved and 100% reporting

    Comment by Ken — 8:44 pm November 6, 2012 #

  3. Too bad our ballots got lost in the drop off van!?? Last time we’ll do that. If the tracking site doesn’t work or isn’t accurate then they shouldn’t use it. We are not happy.

    Comment by E — 8:49 pm November 6, 2012 #

  4. Great news for President Obama and our country!!!

    Comment by Harry Reems — 8:53 pm November 6, 2012 #

  5. I see the sos site is misleading since neither yakima or snohomish co are reporting anything…

    Comment by Ken — 9:08 pm November 6, 2012 #

  6. E, one last time. There is now a four-day lag in posting confirmation online. They keep counting ballots until November 26th. If you want your ballots to be in the initial election-night count, it’s probably a good idea to get them in a lot earlier. These are the vagaries of an all-mail election.
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    Re: 74, it was down in the early count for at least 20 minutes. Then it reversed, as we noted. This is why we provide direct links to the numbers rather than trying to keep up with posting the numbers themselves here … even the news organizations with zillions of people can find themselves behind the source, since while KC is done for the night, other counties are still coming in. Those numbers will continue to evolve throughout the night, and we’ll keep watching them. Some counties that do elections the old-fashioned way may not even have ANY numbers in yet – TR

    Comment by WSB — 9:10 pm November 6, 2012 #

  7. Thanks for the consice summary. Watching the local news for this information is like pulling teeth!
    Add Tim eyman’s initiative. Winning. Boo.

    Comment by NWmama — 9:17 pm November 6, 2012 #

  8. TR – I want my ballot counted period! I didn’t say anything about having it counted tonight! I got it in with plenty of time to spare by the way.

    Comment by E — 9:31 pm November 6, 2012 #

  9. Thanks, NWMama, I’m about to add separate lines for that and some other things.

    Comment by WSB — 9:31 pm November 6, 2012 #

  10. I really doubt ballots “got lost in the drop-off van” but I can understand that they’re overwhelmed with last-few-days ballots to get an accurate tracking online. I’m just grateful I’m able to do a sealed paper ballot rather than use one of the computerized voting machines that — once again –had serious and highly suspect problems this year in other states.

    Comment by mookie — 9:36 pm November 6, 2012 #

  11. The dropoff van was awesome! Such nice folks. But if the last couple of days are any indication, there will be some catch-up for the official counts and tracking sites before this is all done. I do really miss going to the polling place though. Mail-in elections are never going to have the excitement and high drama that I used to LOVE on election night. Thanks for keeping us all posted WSB!

    Comment by JeriO — 9:46 pm November 6, 2012 #

  12. A sad day to be an American. I wish we had more to offer the generations that will follow, as they will have to grapple with the mistake made today and accept a nation in decline.

    Comment by Chris. — 9:53 pm November 6, 2012 #

  13. No matter your parties affiliation we’ve had an amazing voting turnout across the US! And have an opportunity to bridge the divides by maintaining a President who’s respected internationally and a House & Senate representing both parties.

    Comment by Heather — 10:19 pm November 6, 2012 #

  14. I feel that it is a happy day to be an American. And as a female American, I’m VERY happy today.

    Comment by mookie — 10:36 pm November 6, 2012 #

  15. I can’t believe that anyone could look at the last four years and the man that has been our president and think he deserves to be re-elected.

    I am so sad, and I feel I have nothing in common with anyone who could be happy at such an outcome.

    You all get exactly what you deserve, and it won’t be pretty.

    Comment by aj — 10:37 pm November 6, 2012 #

  16. I am proud to be an American.

    Comment by greg — 11:07 pm November 6, 2012 #

  17. What a speech!

    Comment by J — 11:15 pm November 6, 2012 #

  18. I am elated

    Comment by Diane — 2:34 am November 7, 2012 #

  19. Aj, you are not alone. There were tears shed in my house last night, of sorrow, that is! Our national debt will NEVER be fixed!

    Comment by am — 7:04 am November 7, 2012 #

  20. With a million votes to be counted in Washington State, we at the NO on 1240 campaign remain cautiously optimistic.

    We want to thank all our supporters and volunteers in West Seattle!

    Comment by westello — 7:18 am November 7, 2012 #

  21. Whether last night’s outcome was what we wanted — just having the opportunity- the freedom to vote ( or not if you so choose) is an amazing privilege! I am proud to be an
    American!

    Comment by Anne — 7:28 am November 7, 2012 #

  22. I’ll say the same thing I do everywhere else. President barely matters. City Council has easily five times the influence on your day to day life. Get involved in local politics, the sideshow in the other Washington is an almost irrelevant diversion.

    Comment by Jeff — 7:45 am November 7, 2012 #

  23. Sad, depressed, praying for America today…the children of America have been sacrificed so the selfish can have their “freebies” today. Sigh…

    Comment by JackSparra — 7:50 am November 7, 2012 #

  24. Jeff-I so agree with you. So much is made of who is President, Mayor, County Exec.-but really-the power mostly lies with State & National Legislatures, City & County Councils-School Boards & (here anyway) Port of Seattle reps. They make the decisions that –as you say–influence our daily lives.My hope for the next four years is that President Obama would work overtime to bring both parties together to end the awful devisiveness & bickering-which results in nothing being accomplished to truly help our country & it’s people.Not saying it will happen-but hoping it can–rather be hopeful than sad & depressed.

    Comment by Anne — 9:49 am November 7, 2012 #

  25. The drop off van rocks.

    Comment by Nick — 9:56 am November 7, 2012 #

  26. I’m amazed at the seawall passing. That cost should have been pushed on to the local property owners in my opinion. Then reassessed as new businesses fill the area.

    ho hum, Seattle is just getting too expensive.

    Comment by Justme — 10:02 am November 7, 2012 #

  27. A real victory for and because of women. Thank you.

    Comment by Grateful Guy — 10:47 am November 7, 2012 #

  28. Agree, mostly, that local elections have more immediate and personal impact. But national elections do reach us. Thank god, for example, that with Obama’s re-election, talk of killing Obamacare is dead and gone. Thank god that at least in the next four years, the Supreme Court will not be filled with more conservatives.

    A good night for Dems.

    Comment by WS commuter — 10:49 am November 7, 2012 #

  29. I don’t know how people can say they are sad. What is so bad about having a POTUS care about you and your rights? The economy is getting better eventhough Mitt said otherwise.

    Comment by stephanie — 12:58 pm November 7, 2012 #

  30. I hope you enjoy your kool-aid Stephanie.

    Comment by Chris — 2:15 pm November 7, 2012 #

  31. Very happy with most of the results of this election, including Obama and Referendum 74!

    Comment by West Seattle since 1979 — 6:29 pm November 7, 2012 #

  32. Pretty much everything went the way I voted, except for the Charter Schools, and Eyman Initiative of the Week.

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    Happy that the “little Guy’s” voice was heard, and that we were able to stand up to the for the most part much better funded, and much louder groups that wanted to send our Country back to the 1950′s.

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    I personally don’t expect that the kool-aid will be flying off the shelves.

    .

    Mike

    Comment by miws — 7:44 pm November 7, 2012 #

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