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Initial election results place King County Council member Bob Ferguson in the lead for Washington Attorney General. Ferguson, a Democrat, gave a tentative thumbs-up during his appearance Tuesday.

Washington state election officials want campaign workers and political parties to provide information about ballots they’ve collected on behalf of voters. King County Republicans have offered to shuttle ballots to official drop boxes by mini-van.

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An alleged case of ballot tampering in Oregon’s Clackamas County has implications for races statewide. Officials say a volunteer elections worker is suspected of marking votes for Republicans in races a voter had left blank.

Wash. Democrats Make Final Push to Get Out The Vote

Nov 5, 2012
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In the final hours of the election, the state’s main political parties are engaged in massive get out the vote campaigns. They are especially critical this year, with several close statewide races and ballot initiatives. Deborah Wang has more on what the Democrats are up to.

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If you haven’t returned your ballot yet, you’re probably hearing a lot from political parties and candidates. If you HAVE voted, those calls and mailings might be dying down.

This year campaigns are able to make faster and more nimble use of ballot returns than ever before. Republicans say Democrats had a stronger ‘get-out-the-vote’ effort in Washington in 2010, but this year they’re determined to learn from that example.

Some of their efforts, however, haven’t been well-received by elections officials. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

Pastors Use Pulpits To Ease Election Day Rancor

Nov 5, 2012
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In this election, religion has sometimes played a divisive role. But on election night, churches throughout the Northwest — and the country — will try to use their pulpits to ease the rancor of politics. Deena Prichep explains.

Oregon Legislature

Democrats and Republicans in Oregon are locked in a fierce battle for control of the Oregon House. It's currently split right down the middle. Some of the biggest legislative money-raisers this year are two candidates who don't have serious opposition on the ballot.

Who In The NW Helps Pay For Swing State Ads

Nov 2, 2012

Northwest voters are spared most presidential campaign ads. But Northwest money still plays a part in them. A handful of big spenders from the region are bolstering major super PACs behind a barrage of ads now hitting swing states. Jessica Robinson reports.

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Hundreds of millions of dollars have poured into political campaigns in Washington state and nationwide this year. A rising share of those dollars are being funneled through super PACs and other outside groups. KUOW's John Ryan takes a look at just where all the campaign cash is coming from in Washington state.

Voter Enthusiasm In Wash. Higher Than In 2008

Nov 1, 2012
KUOW

In a new Washington Poll released Thursday, nearly 40 percent of voters surveyed say they are “more enthusiastic” to vote in this election than they were in 2008. Only 23 percent said they were more enthused in 2008, while the rest said they feel about the same.

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