The 2012 Washington State election results were updated again on Thursday evening (November 8). More than 200,000 more votes were counted on Thursday, revealing that more than 2.4 million votes have been counted now. Additional interesting news is that there are still an estimated 646,438 votes left to count.
As of 6 p.m. PT on Thursday, 2,407,537 votes have now been counted. Adding in the nearly 650,000 votes that have not been counted and the state will easily surpass 75% of voters having turned out for this election. That is an amazing number that the state should be proud of, no matter how the elections turn out.
1,230,253 votes have now been made in approval of the same-sex marriage referendum and 1,120,066 votes to reject the measure have been made. That’s now 52.34% of voters in favor of the measure, with a separation of just over 110,000 votes on the issue. The margin has grown again in the past 24 hours, making it look even more likely that that Referendum No. 74 is going to pass. In fact, many organizations are already stating that it has indeed passed in the state.
Initiative Measure No. 502 (concerning marijuana) is seen its winning percentage increase slightly, with 55.36% of voters in support of it and only 44.64% of voters against it now. That is basically a landslide when it comes to measures like this, with more than 252,000 votes separating the two sides on this issue.
For the office of president, Washington voters sided with President Barack Obama and Joe Biden by a percentage of 55.37% to 42.42% for Governor Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Gary Johnson and James P. Gray actually drew 1.16% in the state as well. Both President Obama and Johnson have seen another increase in percentages, making it even more apparent which way the state was leaning this election.
For the office of U.S. Senator, Democrat Maria Cantwell is up to 59.65% of the vote, compared to just 40.35% for Republican Michael Baumgartner. Her victory seems to get more pronounced as more votes come in, with an almost 20% gap between the two candidates now.
In the race for Governor, Democrat Jay Inslee continues to hold a small lead over Republican Rob McKenna (51.08% to 48.92%) with just over 2.4 million votes now counted. That lead has shrunk a bit when it comes to percentages, but Inslee is now ahead by almost 51,000 votes, making it seem even more difficult for McKenna to make up that gap.
The 2012 Washington State election results will continue to come in on Friday (November 9), with some counties revealing their next numbers on Monday (November 12).