Incumbents lead in Newcastle’s legislative, congressional races

November 7, 2012

By Staff

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NEW — 4:45 p.m. Nov. 7, 2012

Months of campaigning came to a head and locals finally got the chance to make their vote count Nov. 6 as Election Day came and went.

In the contests for the 41st Legislative District positions, early returns show that the majority of voters decided to stay with the incumbents.

Renton Democrat Marcie Maxwell charged ahead of Issaquah Republican Tim Eaves to represent the district in the state House of Representatives. Maxwell garnered 58 percent – or 24,000 votes – to Eaves’ 41 percent – or 17,242 votes.

Steve Litzow, a Republican state senator from Mercer Island, edged Mercer Island Democrat Maureen Judge for the 41st District’s state Senate seat. Litzow collected about 53 percent – or 22,168 votes – to Judge’s 46 percent – or 19,253 votes.

Democrat Judy Clibborn, who ran unopposed for the district’s other state representative seat, collected 29,268 votes.

Due to redistricting, Newcastle residents saw a different congressional district on their ballots, as the community switched from the 8th Congressional District to the 9th Congressional District.

In that race, incumbent Democrat Adam Smith captured a commanding lead against Republican challenger Jim Postma. Smith clinched about 71 percent – or 109,261 votes – to Postma’s 28 percent – or 43,150 votes.

Election results are available online and updated daily on the Washington Secretary of State website at vote.wa.gov/results/current.

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