Election 2010: Winners and Losers

Nov 3, 2010, 3:36 AM | Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 3:46 pm

About 1.25 million votes have been counted out of the estimated 2.4 million cast in Washington’s election. Here are the winners, losers and trends:

U.S. Senate

Patty Murray has the early lead over Dino Rossi in the Senate race that could continue for days. Murray is up with slightly over 50 percent of the vote compared with Rossi’s 49.5 percent.

Speaking to cheering supporters last night, Murray sounded confident that she was going to come out on top. “We are going to win this race,” she says.

Rossi thanked supporters who were aware they probably weren’t going to know who clearly won for awhile. Rossi told supporters in Bellevue. “There’s still a lot of ballots to count, you know. But it’s Washington state. What are you going to do?” Rossi also told his crowd, “The good news is that the areas we do quite well in have a bigger turnout.”

We will get another batch of election results after 4 p.m., so far Murray has 722,396 while Rossi has 708,391.


The U.S. Congress picks up at least one Republican seat, based on the results so far. Democrat Brian Baird did not see re-election in Washington’s 3rd District. Republican Jaime Herrera has 52 percent of the vote, compared with Denny Heck’s 47 percent.

In the 8th Congressional District, Democrat Susan DelBene conceded the election to Republican Dave Reichert. Reichert did not agree to any debates with his challenger, and he’s come out ahead with 54 percent of the vote, compared with DelBene’s 46 percent. No real surprise because the 8th has never elected a Democrat.

The Democratic incumbent is trailing in the only other contested Congressional race – the 2nd. Challenger John Koster has 50 percent of the vote, while Rick Larsen has just over 49 percent.


Despite the billions of dollars spent on all the initiative campaigns in our state, voters might be sending a message that they can’t be bought by special interest groups.

Both initiatives 1100 and 1105, which would end the state monopoly on liquor sales, are failing. they were heavily funded by beer and wine distributors and retailers who want to be able to sell hard alcohol. The no vote on 1100 is at 52 percent, while the no vote on 1105 is around 63 percent.

Taking away the candy tax? Yes, voters want to end the extra taxes on candy, soda and bottled water. Only 37 percent voted to keep the tax, while 63 percent want to repeal it.

Voters also don’t want to tax the wealthy, possibly with a fear that eventually they’d be taxed too. 1098, the initiative written by Bill Gates Sr. is losing with 65 percent of the voters saying no to the tax.

Washington voters have rejected an initiative that would have privatized workers’ compensation insurance. With more than half of the expected vote counted in Tuesday’s election, Initiative 1082 was being defeated by more than 16 points, with 58 percent of voters saying no on the ballot. I-1082 was a business-backed initiative that sought to take away the state monopoly on workers’ compensation insurance.

No more taxes

Recession-weary Washington voters delivered a strong anti-tax message by making it harder for the Legislature to raise taxes in the future. The results will have immediate and longer-term effects on the state’s budget, which already faces another multibillion-dollar deficit when legislators meet in January. Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman, who sponsored one of the successful measures, I-1053, said the voters’ verdicts shouldn’t be surprising.

Mukilteo voters also approved an Eyman ballot measure that makes it tough for that city to install traffic-enforcement cameras. Early returns showed the measure had 70 percent approval. The measure requires a two-thirds majority of the City Council as well as voter approval before red-light cameras can be installed. Fines from camera-enforced tickets would be limited to $20. Mukilteo, which hasn’t installed any traffic cameras, is the first Washington city to put the issue before voters.

Proposition 1 in King County would have raised the sales tax to pay for public safety. About 56 percent of the voters are against that, only 44 percent favor it.

Voters statewidereject Referendum 52 which would authorize bonds for projects that improve energy efficiency in schools. The vote there was 56 percent to 43 percent.

The Seattle School District’s supplemental operations levy passes the test with voters who are in favor of it 63 percent to 36 percent.

Landslide vote

The one issue everyone in the state seemed to agree on was a legislative resolution that would have denied bail for people who are charged with serious criminal offenses. While 14 percent of the voters did not want to do that, a resounding 85 percent said bail should be denied in certain cases.

Full election results on MyNorthwest.com

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Election 2010: Winners and Losers