FROM ANDREW: Good evening and hello from Fado in Seattle! Grace, Eve, and I are monitoring and tracking election results from the NO on I‑1125 party, where people are in a pretty good mood.
That’s because, for the moment, it looks like Tim Eyman’s I‑1125 is narrowly headed down to defeat. Thank goodness!
As of around 8:30 PM, the NO vote stood at 51.56%, with the yes vote at 48.44%. Returns are still coming in, so we expect these numbers to change.
Keep Washington Rolling, the broad coalition working to defeat I‑1125, is winning in much of western Washington, and is doing especially well in King County, where 60% of voters are rejecting I‑1125.
Eastern Washington counties are mostly voting for I‑1125, with the exception of Whitman and Garfield counties, which are both located in the southeast corner of the state. Whitman, along with King and San Juan, frequently votes against right wing initiatives, but the victory in Garfield is unexpected.
FROM GRACE: Big wins in swing counties are playing a big role in the down vote on Tim Eyman’s initiative. Island, Snohomish, and Kitsap, which are each critical swing counties, joined King in the NO column, and that’s what’s making the difference in this election. Returns in all three of these counties are close.
In Snohomish County, the no vote stands at 50.61% to 49.49% yes. In Kitsap, it’s 50.78% “no” to 49.22% “yes”, and in Island, it’s 51.74% no to 48.26% yes. With these key counties in the NO on I‑1125 column, the outlook is looking good as counties continue to report results.
FROM ANDREW: The campaign team that ran Keep Washington Rolling for coalition members has just issued a statement reacting to the defeat of I‑1125.
“Washington voters sent a clear message that they want to keep Washington rolling safely and not have our roads and bridges get bogged down in gridlock, ” the statement said. “Once again, voters around the state have rejected another reckless Tim Eyman threat to vital transportation projects.”
“An unprecedented coalition of business, labor, community and environmental groups opposed I‑1125 because the health of our communities and the health of our economy rely on a strong transportation system that keeps people moving.”
“Our thanks go out to the voters of Washington, the groups and individuals who generously donated to the campaign, and the volunteers who made tens of thousands of phone calls.”
Governor Chris Gregoire also weighed in on the apparent victory.
“I am pleased tonight that I‑1125 is failing – and that voters recognized the short-sightedness of this initiative,” she said in a statement.
“While we are making incredible progress to replace the vulnerable SR 520 floating bridge and the Alaskan Way Viaduct, we have more work to do to improve our transportation infrastructure. Had this initiative passed, it would have greatly inhibited our ability to fund significant road improvement projects. Tonight, it appears we will keep that forward momentum and continue to invest in regional solutions to improve traffic, transit and congestion.”