Local voters in Blaine, Birch Bay and Point Roberts pretty much mirrored the nation Tuesday with 50.8 percent casting their ballot to re-elect Barack Obama as President of the United States.
Closer to home, they were not as consistent when it came to the rest of the slate, mostly slewing more conservative than the rest of the county and state. While both U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell and Congresswoman-elect Suzan DelBene received a majority of local votes, other Democratic candidates did not fare as well.
In the gubernatorial race, area voters gave Democrat Jay Inslee only 47 percent of the vote, compared to Whatcom County’s 52 percent vote in favor and 51 percent for the rest of the state. Similarly, Attorney General-elect Bob Ferguson, a Democrat, received 50 percent locally compared to 54 percent from the rest of the county and 53 percent for the state as a whole.
State representative and former Blaine city council member Jason Overstreet received 53 percent locally; the rest of the county voted 54 percent to send him back to Olympia. Fellow district 42 representative Vincent Buys ran two points behind the rest of county residents who reelected him with close to 54 percent of the ballots cast. Local voters were more enthusiastic when it came to several initiatives on the ballot, outreaching county and state voters when marking yes on the charter school and marijuana measures.
Voters expecting a long night waiting for the presidential race to be decided were pleasantly surprised when the race was called early in the evening
Closer to home in Lynden, at an event hosted by Buys, Overstreet and Republicans to thank supporters and campaign workers, the crowd milled anxiously, as Fox News droned in the background and the projectionist repeatedly refreshed the browser on his laptop to get the latest, up-to-the-minute results. Buys remained calm and collected though, joking with his sister and niece. And, even before the Whatcom County Auditor announced the results, he felt confident in his victory. “I’m feeling good,” he said with a laugh. “I’ve been eating food, shaking hands and kissing babies.”