WA Political Divide
8:35 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Eastern WA's Red Counties Overwhelmed By Blue

Last night’s election put Washington’s electoral map on display. For the most part, western counties near the Puget Sound voted one way, while Eastern Washington voted more conservative on the issues of same-sex marriage, legalizing marijuana and in the race for governor.

This map shows shows Washington's political divide, at least in the open race for governor.
Credit Photo Credit: Washington Secretary of State

About 100 people showed up to the party on the west bank of the Columbia River. It didn't take long for the mood to turn sour. Many started trickling out right after the presidential race was called. Others headed for the bar. Republican Congressman Doc Hastings says it’s hard to see the conservative vote washed away in a sea of blue.

Hastings: “This area in Central Washington has become probably more conservative over the years. And I just wish there were those same sentiments in other parts of the state, but obviously we’re a diverse state and those sentiments are different everyplace."

One young Republican supporter said he’d take any small conservative victory in Washington – or as he put it, “a piece of the pie.”

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