WASHINGTON
     Nov. 6, 2012 U.S. Senate

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+Maria Cantwell (D) i
1,855,493
60.45%
Michael Baumgartner (R) 1,213,924
39.55%

3,069,417

Registration: 3,904,959.   
Plurality: 641,569 votes (20.90 percentage points).
 WA Sec. of State



Notes:
In her bid for a third term, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D) comfortably defeated state Sen. Michael Baumgartner (R).  In the Aug. 7 top-two primary Cantwell finished first with 772,058 votes (55.66%) followed by Baumgartner at 417,141 (30.07%); six other candidates finished in single figures.  Baumgartner was only elected to represent the 6th District (Spokane area) in 2010, and was not well known.  Cantwell and Baumgartner met for one debate, hosted by the League of Women Voters of Washington before a live audience at public television KCTS 9 studios in Seattle (>).  The race was not competive financially; according to Open Secrets (>), the Cantwell campaign spent $11.2 million compared to just less than $1 million for the Baumgartner campaign.

 

Campaign Managers
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Maria Cantwell

?Kelly Steele... FEC report shows he was highest paid staffer

Chris Gregorich was campaign manager from Oct. 2011 to Mar. 2012, then moved over to run Derek Kilmer's congressional campaign.  State director to Sen. Cantwell, Dec. 2010-Oct. 2011.  Executive director of the WA Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, Mar. 2006-Dec. 2010.  Puget Sound outreach director for Gov. Gregoire, Feb. 2005-Mar. 2006.  Field director/staff in four states on John Edwards for President, June 2003-Mar. 2004.  Community development specialist for the City of Seattle, Dec. 2002-June 2003.  Campaign manager for the Low Income Housing Levy, May-Sept. 2002.  Public affairs for the Department of Neighborhoods, City of Seattle, Dec. 2001-May 2002.  Deputy campaign manager, field director on Neighbors for Nickels, 2001.  Studied Spanish at the University of Washington.

Michael Baumgartner:  Dan Bisbee
Director of The Bisbee Project from June 2006.  Worked for the U.S. State Department, serving as policy chief of the Baghdad Provincial Reconstruction Team, 2007-08.  Captain in the U.S. Army, 2005-06.  History teacher in Austin, TX, 1999-2001.  Ph.D. studies at University of Pittsburgh; M.A. in world history from UNC at Chapel Hill, 2004; B.A. in history from University of Pennsylvania, 1994.  Grew up in Selinsgrove, PA.





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