Kitsap County finishes ballot count; McKenna wins county by 683 votes
By BRIAN KELLY
Bainbridge Island Review Editor
November 27, 2012 · 10:02 AM
The Kitsap County Elections Division wrapped up its final tally of the ballots from the Nov. 6 General Election late Monday, Nov. 26.
Election officials said a total of 125,351 ballots were counted, and turnout was pegged at 82.10 percent.
The presidential election was the main draw in the election; more votes were cast for president than in any other race in Kitsap County.
All told, 124,101 voters were counted in the presidential contest.
Pres. Barack Obama won Kitsap County with 54 percent of the vote over former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who finished with 42 percent of the vote.
The Barack Obama/Joe Biden ticket pulled in 67,277 votes; the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan ticket, 52,846.
The second most popular item on the ballot was Initiative 502, the marijuana legalization measure.
A total of 122,928 voters in Kitsap County voted on I-502, and it passed in the county with 55.98 percent of the vote, or 68,819 "yes" votes.
A total of 54,109 voters, or 44 percent, voted against the measure.
Referendum 74, the ballot proposal to keep same-sex marriage legal in Washington state, collected the third highest number of votes in Kitsap County.
R-74 passed here with 53.99 percent of all ballots cast, or 66,271 "yes" votes out of 122,741.
A total of 56,470 "no" votes were cast, or 46 percent.
After the presidential race, I-502 and R-74, the governor's race was the next biggest draw for Kitsap County voters.
All told, 122,196 votes were cast in the race. Republican Rob McKenna, currently the state attorney general for Washington, won Kitsap County with 50.1 percent of the vote.
McKenna bested former congressman Jay Inslee of Bainbridge Island by 683 votes in the county.
McKenna finished with 61,261 votes to Inslee's 60,568. Inslee, who won the race and will be Washington's next governor, finished with 49.57 percent of all ballots cast.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell cruised to an easy victory in the county with 58 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner, who had 40.9 percent.
Cantwell collected 71,656 votes out of 121,764 cast in the race; Baumgartner had 49,890.
Democrat Derek Kilmer finished with 57 percent of the vote in the race for the District 6, U.S. House seat against Bill Driscoll, who got 42 percent of the vote.
Kilmer earned 69,004 votes, while Driscoll tallied 50,374 out of 119,703 cast.
In the race for state Rep. District 23, Position 1, incumbent Democrat Rep. Sherry Appleton finished with 60 percent of the vote, or 40,764 votes out of 67,047 cast.
Republican challenger Tony Stephens picked up 39 percent (26,146 votes).
In the District 23, Position 2 race, Democrat Drew Hansen won his re-election bid with 60 percent of the vote, or 39,949 out of 66,515 ballots cast.
Republican James M. Olsen finished with 26,416 votes, or 39.7 percent of the vote, in his second attempt for the 23rd District's Position 2 seat in the state House.
Sen. Christine Rolfes will again represent the District 23; the Democrat won with 64.9 percent of the vote against Bret A. Treadwell, who pulled out of the race soon after filing as a candidate and did not campaign for the post.
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