2012 Elections

President Obama was re-elected, relying on a coalition of voters that was broader than it was deep.

Democrats maintained an edge in party identification, allowing Mr. Obama to win despite losing independent voters by several points. Forty-five percent of those who voted for Mr. Obama were racial minorities, a record number, and he made gains among Hispanic and Asian-American, and a commanding margin with Native American voters.

Mr. Obama’s win carried forth into most of the swing states. Of the 10 states that the campaigns contested most vigorously, he may lose only North Carolina, while winning battlegrounds in the four major geographic regions of the country.

While the House of Representatives was called early in the night for Republicans, Democrats performed well in races for the United States Senate. They will control 52 to 56 seats when the Senate meets in January, depending on the outcome of the uncalled races in Nevada, Montana and North Dakota, and whether former Gov. Angus King of Maine, who won his seat as an independent on Tuesday, caucuses with them.

The election also marked a success for gay and lesbian voters. Tammy Baldwin, the Democratic candidate in Wisconsin, won her race and became the first openly gay or lesbian person elected to the United States Senate. Ballot initiatives to allow same-sex marriage were adopted in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and here in Washington State.

In Congress: Maria Cantwell was sent back to the Senate by a commanding margin and we send 3 new members of the House; Suzan DelBene, Derek Kilmer, and Denny Heck off to Washington, DC.

Jay Inslee is our 5th Consecutive Democrat Governor. The State Senate and State House Remain in Democratic Party Control.

In terms of Statewide Initiatives: Tim Eyman scores again with 1185 (2/3 votes on taxes and fees) which faces a Supreme Court test. Charter Schools, and Gay Marriage, and Marijuana is technically legal on Dec. 6th. Voters are approving the narrowing of the State’s debt limit, and rejecting and attempt to allow the UW or WSU to engage in aggressive investing of their portfolios outside of the State Treasurer.

The Democrats are heading toward a near-sweep of statewide offices- Secretary of State (elect)Kim Wyman  is the only Republican left.

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CERTIFIED ELECTION RESULTS
SAMISH INDIAN NATION ELECTION
JUNE 24TH, 2012

VOTES CAST

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POSITION #1 CHAIRMAN 

Gary Hatch

70

Lisa Weber

11

Thomas Wooten

196

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POSITION #4 SECRETARY

Michelle Johnson

44

Dana Matthews

224

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POSITION #5 AND #6 COUNCIL MEMBERS

Daniel Blackinton

39

David Blackinton

159

Scott Cooper

90

Shawn MacAvoy

71

Jenna Strand

128

Peggy Waters

25

Certified by Larry Thomas Jr., Election Superintendent

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