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Friday, November 7, 2008

Updated Election Results

posted by on November 7 at 11:01 AM

Posted by News Intern Aaron Pickus

As of 11:00 this morning…

Dave Reichert is beating Darcy Burner in the Eighth Congressional District by 51.1 to 48.9 percent—a margin of 5,332 votes. Burner has lost ground since last night.

All the other races haven’t changed significantly since yesterday morning.

Statewide voter turnout in Washington was 62.39 percent and King County clocked in at 58.25 percent. The county with the highest turnout was San Juan County with 89.01 percent. The county with the lowest turnout was Pierce County with 43.14 percent.

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So what happened to Sam Reed's 83% statewide prediction?

Posted by Mike in Renton | November 7, 2008 11:26 AM

I gotta say I'm really disappointed in King County. That is a pathetic number for this year.

Posted by Levislade | November 7, 2008 11:29 AM

Those numbers aren't complete. They haven't counted all the ballots yet. The turnout percentages are changing as ballots are tabulated. There's still a couple hundred thousand ballots to count in King County.

Posted by Geni | November 7, 2008 11:37 AM

Why the FUCK is King County turnout so low?

I say we compile the addresses of registered voters who blew off the election, visit each of them, and give them a stern talking to.

Posted by Greg | November 7, 2008 11:38 AM

Low King County turn out is in no small part because it still has poll voting. Why we still have it goes back to Sims' mismanagement and outright denial of any issues with the elections office until it was a national joke.

Posted by TheTruthHurths | November 7, 2008 11:42 AM

Your turnout rate is low because you don't account for the 232,000 absentee ballots that haven't been tabulated yet. 753,692 absentee ballots were mailed. 625,042 were returned. (That's 82.93%--darn close to the 83% prediction by Sam Reed, and rising.) But only 393,259 have been counted as of this morning posted results. When poll votes are included, the turnout rate according to KC Elections was 79%. That number will go up slightly as oversees ballots trickle in and the last 24 precinct get counted in.

Posted by Brendan | November 7, 2008 11:50 AM

Sort of like how in OR Smith was beating Merkley, but the biggest counties (which votes 70% for Merkley) had yet to count more than 25% of their votes. He picked up a huge number of votes and ended up winning.

Or in Alaska, where it appears there was either a massive polling fuckup the likes of which have never been seen before (20 point swings) along with 10% lower turnout than 2004, or there's lots of ballots that haven't been counted because everyone took advantage of early voting and they're not reporting the totals correctly yet. Or someone's trying to steal the election.

Sad news for Burner if she ends up losing by only a couple thousand votes. The whole dustup manufactured by the Times when they ginned up a scandal spoon fed to them by Reichert's "opposition research" team probably cost her the election.

Posted by jcricket | November 7, 2008 1:12 PM

Wouldn't it be great if Alaska Republicans turn out to be the ones indicted and convicted of massive voter fraud? Looks like a possibility (and I'm not one for conspiracy theories about stolen elections - I think most of it is just fuckups).

Posted by jcricket | November 7, 2008 1:17 PM

I'm also not a conspiracy theorist; most of it is fuckups, though there has ALWAYS been a low level of vote fraud on both sides, which never gets noticed unless it's close. But Alaska is different. There is something seriously dirty going on there, I fear.

Posted by Fnarf | November 7, 2008 1:40 PM

I think any rejected ballots should be returned to the voter with an explanation of why their ballot did not count. And yes, there is something dirty going on in Alaska. It's felonius Ted and extortionist Palin.

Posted by Vince | November 7, 2008 2:06 PM


With all the cab news hate crime and neo slavery talk in the race to the new revolution, guns,stock in smith and wesson, politics and a opening sentance like "Rheichert is beating Burner" is sure to bring it on home with the speech writers....

Posted by d.b.kieneker | November 7, 2008 3:51 PM

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