Jefferson vs. Clallam — How we differed at the polls

By Peninsula Daily News

We share the North Olympic Peninsula, but, boy, do we differ when it comes to politics!

Clallam County went for Mitt Romney (though by a 47-vote margin). Jefferson went strongly for President Barack Obama.

Republican Rob McKenna was the victor in Clallam. Democrat Jay Inslee was the man in Jefferson.

We agree on legalizing marijuana, Democrat Sen. Maria Cantwell in her race against GOP challenger Mike Baumgartner and Derek Kilmer, our new Democratic congressman, in his successful bid against Republican businessman Bill Driscoll.

But we differ on same-sex marriage.

Clallam likes charter schools . . . Jefferson said no.

And the Republican challengers to the Peninsula’s three Democratic state legislators seemed to do a bit better in Clallam than they did in Jefferson.

Here’s how Clallam and Jefferson counties voted on the key races in the state election, based on the ballot count Tuesday night (the next vote counts in both counties will be Friday).

President

■   Clallam — Obama/Biden: 12,930; Romney/Ryan: 12,977.

■   Jefferson — Obama/Biden: 9,737; Romney/Ryan: 5,041.

Governor

■   Clallam — Inslee: 12,373; McKenna: 13,888.

■   Jefferson — Inslee: 9,381; McKenna: 5,677.

Initiative 502, legalizing marijuana

■   Clallam — Yes: 14,614; No: 11,754.

■   Jefferson — Yes: 9,824; No: 5,204.

Referendum 74, same-sex marriage

■   Clallam — Yes: 12,241; No: 13,998.

■   Jefferson — Yes: 9,471; No: 5,531.

Initiative 1240, charter schools

■   Clallam — Yes: 14,108;
No: 11,644.

■   Jefferson — Yes: 6,968; No: 7,788.

Initiative 1185, Restrictions on raising taxes and fees

■   Clallam — Yes: 17,912; No: 7,716.

■   Jefferson — Yes: 7,891; No: 6,672.

U.S. Senate

■   Clallam — Cantwell: 14,059; Baumgartner: 12,232.

■   Jefferson — Cantwell: 10,299; Baumgartner: 4,792.

Congress

(All the counties, or parts of counties, that make up the 6th District)

■   Clallam — Kilmer: 13,687; Driscoll: 12,291.

■   Grays Harbor — Kilmer: 12,919; Driscoll: 10,429.

■   Jefferson — Kilmer: 9,715; Driscoll: 4,972.

■   Kitsap — Kilmer: 42,852; Driscoll: 31,504.

■   Mason — Kilmer: 8,547; Driscoll: 7,813.

■   Pierce — Kilmer: 29,229; Driscoll: 16,731.

State legislature

24th Legislative District

State senator

■   Clallam County — Jim Hargrove: 15,460; Larry Carter: 9,423.

■   Jefferson County — Hargrove: 10,066; Carter: 4,295.

District 24 state representative

Position 1

■   Clallam County — Kevin Van De Wege: 15,067; Craig Durgan: 9,737.

■   Jefferson County — Van De Wege: 10,133; Durgan: 4,096.

District 24 state representative

Position 2

■   Clallam County — Steve Tharinger: 13,746. Steve Gale: 11,806.

■   Jefferson County — Tharinger: 9,606. Gale: 4,808.

Peninsula Daily News

Last modified: November 07. 2012 6:17PM
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