Washington state election results will start getting revealed on Tuesday (Nov. 8), as voting officials continue tabulating the mailed ballots of state residents. In addition to voting on who will replace President Barack Obama in the White House, the state will decide if Jay Inslee should remain Governor as he faces off against challenger Bill Bryant. While the Washington state election results will take a while to tabulate in full, some smaller counties on the East Coast are already reporting numbers. A report by NWCN.com reveals some of that midnight voting in New Hampshire.
In the early election results from three towns in New Hampshire, Donald Trump is ahead by a slight margin in the state. The votes were allocated to Trump (32), Hillary Clinton (25), Gary Johnson (4), Bernie Sanders (2), John Kasich (1), and Mitt Romney (1). The votes were allowed to be revealed for towns with less than 100 people, with the communities having the right to close the polls as soon as every registered voter has cast their ballot.
Washington state election results will be released later in the day, as voting centers and ballot drop box locations are open until 8 p.m. PT. That gives voters a lot of additional time to drop off ballots that were mailed out in October. Elections offices are also open for most of Tuesday to answer questions, provide replacement ballots, or assist residents in any other fashion associated with the 2016 General Election.
The 2012 Washington state election results revealed that the state had a voter turnout of 81.25 percent. With 3,904,959 registered voters in Washington, 3,172,939 people submitted ballots. The turnout rate for Washington was close to being the best in the country, with an even higher turnout expected for the 2016 General Election due to the highly contested presidential race.
In 2012, Barack Obama and Joe Biden received 56.16 percent of state votes, while Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan came in second with 41.29 percent of the votes for the presidential race. In the battle to become the new Governor of Washington state, Jay Inslee received 51.54 percent of the vote and Rob McKenna was at 48.46 percent. Inslee is the incumbent this year, representing the Democratic Party against Bill Bryant of the Republican Party.
In the race for U.S. Senator representing Washington state, Patty Murray of the Democratic Party looks to defend her seat against Chris Vance of the Republican Party. Murray was also the incumbent senator during the 2010 General Election, defeating Republican candidate Dino Rossi by a 52.4 percent to 47.6 percent vote. The winner of the 2016 Senate race will work with Maria Cantwell, who won the 2012 race to keep her seat in the House.
In the congressional race for the United States Representative from District 5, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of the Republican Party looks to maintain her seat against Joe Pakootas of the Democratic Party. In the 2014 General Election, McMorris Rodgers received 60.7 percent of the vote, defeating Democratic Party nominee Pakootas, who received just 39.3 percent of the vote. Both candidates have returned for the 2016 General Election.
In addition to the federal and state candidates, there are several measures on the ballot that will be revealed in the Washington state General Election results. That includes Initiative Measure No. 1433 (I-1433), which seeks to increase the minimum wage in Washington state, require employers to provide paid sick leave, and to adopt related laws in that regard. The minimum wage increase would take place over six years, topping out at a rate of $14.23 for the 2022 fiscal year. The wages would begin increasing on January 1, 2017, but paid sick leave wouldn’t become effective until January 1, 2018.
There are seven candidates on the Washington state ballot running for President of the United States. They are (in order from the ballot) Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Alyson Kennedy, Gloria Estela La Riva, Jill Stein, Darrel L. Castle, and Gary Johnson. Past election results predict that Washington state will favor the Democratic Party nominee, but every vote counts. The first official Washington state election results will come out Tuesday evening, with many East Coast states revealing numbers before the states on the west side of the country.
Live updates from the Washington State election results can be found here.
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