Election officials estimate that hundreds of thousands of votes are left to count in the race for governor of Washington. Democrat Jay Inslee held a promising lead after nearly 2 million votes were counted Tuesday, carrying 51 percent of ballots. Republican Rob McKenna was struggling in King County, which also held many of the votes still left to count.
Washington voters legalized recreational pot use on Tuesday, but people shouldn't expect to see marijuana legitimately for sale anytime soon.
Initiative 502 would create a system of state-licensed marijuana growers, processors and retail stores, where adults over 21 can buy up to an ounce. It also establishes a standard blood test limit for driving under the influence. A related measure also passed in Colorado, while another marijuana legalization initiative in Oregon was defeated.
The updated unofficial elections results released by the Clatsop County Clerks office. In the county's tightly contested races the third results showing:
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Voters have rejected a measure aimed at prohibiting gillnets for nontribal commercial fishermen on the Columbia River. The measure faced an uphill climb after the recreational fishing groups who supported it reversed their position.
President Barack Obama has defeated Mitt Romney in Oregon, but results are coming in at a margin slightly smaller than Obama's big victory in the state four years ago.
With just under half the vote counted, Obama was ahead with 55 percent, compared with 42 percent for Romney.
Here are some of the 2012 statewide election results in Oregon:
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Oregon's longest-tenured congressman faces a second consecutive challenge from a Republican chemist with tea party support in what is expected to be the closest of the state's five U.S. House races.
Tuesday's vote will be Republican Art Robinson's second attempt to unseat Democrat Peter DeFazio. DeFazio represents the timber-dependent 4th Congressional District, often finding himself fending off both environmental advocates and the timber industry. DeFazio was first elected to the U.S. House in 1986.
By 5:00pm Tuesday, the voter turnout in Oregon had reached 70% for an election set to determine the control of the state House and Senate, the new Portland mayor, a possible private casino and other key races. The earlier numbers Tuesday indicated higher numbers of Republicans were turning in their ballots earlier in numbers released by the Oregon secretary of state's office. Democrats are expected to get a majority in the state. According to Associated Press exit polling in Oregon, the economy is the top driver for Oregon voters.
After two years with a tied House of Representatives, Oregon voters could flip control of the chamber to one party in Tuesday's election.
The Senate also is up for grabs.
About a dozen competitive districts, most in the Portland suburbs, will determine which party takes control - if one does. Another tie is possible in the House and Senate.
Oregon voters have the chance to decide the state's future on marijuana, gambling and commercial fishing, but the odds are stacked against any of those measures passing.
Polling has shown the state unwilling to regulate pot like alcohol.
Most of the country will know who won major races Tuesday night, but Washington residents may not know for several days who their next governor will be. Both Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee expect their contest to be decided in the ballots that remain to be counted after election day.
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