By JESSE BURKHARDT
While there was a significant Republican/Tea Party tide rolling across the United States, that tide fell a bit short in the state of Washington.
In the hotly contested battle for Washington's U.S. Senate seat, incumbent Sen. Patty Murray, Democratic Party, was holding off Republican challenger Dino Rossi. In early returns, Murray was leading Rossi by about 46,000
Following the national trend, Republicans were leading early in the two area races for Congress. In Washington's Fourth Congressional District (includes all of Klickitat County), Republican U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings was clobbering his Democratic opponent, Jay Clough. In unofficial returns, Hastings was leading by 44,340 votes to 18,596 for Clough.
In the Third Congressional District (which encompasses Skamania County), where incumbent Democrat Brian Baird was retiring, fellow-Democrat Denny Heck was trailing Republican Jaime Herrera, 95,561 votes to 84,376 votes for Heck, and appeared headed to a win.
In contested Klickitat County races, Republicans carried the day across the board. In the Klickitat County Assessor's race, White Salmon Republican Darlene Johnson was leading Democrat Victoria Allen, 58.4-41.4 percent.
There were two Republicans running for Klickitat County Prosecuting Attorney, and voters were favoring Lori Hoctor in election night returns. Hoctor had 53.9
percent of the vote to 45.6
percent for Craig Juris.
There were two Republicans competing in the Klickitat County Auditor contest as well. In that battle, incumbent Auditor Brenda Sorensen was easily holding off a challenge from Connie Kayser. Sorensen had nearly 78
percent of the vote.
Incumbent Republican Klickitat County Commissioner David Sauter, who faced a write-in challenge from Laura Morris of Dallesport, was strongly leading in his bid to win a new four-year term. Sauter had 90
percent of the vote against Morris' 9.5
A ballot measure to create a parks and recreation district in the western portion of Klickitat County was failing with about 53
percent of the vote against it. A related ballot measure geared to provide funding for the district was doing even worse. Returns for that measure, which would levy eight cents per $1,000 of property valuation to help fund the parks and recreation district, was being rejected by about 62 percent of the
In neighboring Skamania County, there was a battle to see who will serve as County Commissioner. In unofficial returns counted as of Nov. 2, incumbent Democrat Jamie Tolfree was losing to Republican challenger Bob Anderson, 54.5 percent-45.5 percent.