Blaine, Birch Bay voters mostly follow county, state

Published on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Voters in Blaine and Birch Bay mostly agreed with voters across Whatcom County and the state in the August 7 primary’s major races – except the Washington governor’s contest.

As of the voter tallies on Monday, August 13, former Washington congressman Jay Inslee held a solid lead over Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna for the governor spot, with 47.1 percent of the statewide vote to McKenna’s 43 percent. Inslee was also prevailing in Whatcom County as of Monday, pulling down 48 percent of the vote to McKenna’s 39 percent.

Blaine and Birch Bay voters veered from county and statewide trends, however, supporting McKenna with 45.7 percent of the vote to Inslee’s 41.5 percent across the 14 voting precincts that comprise the two communities. Only four of the 14 precincts, two in Blaine and two in the Birch Bay area, supported Democrat Inslee over his Republican contender.

Blaine residents supported McKenna with 45.8 percent of the vote over Inslee’s 41.7 percent. The Birch Bay-specific results were nearly a duplicate of Blaine’s, with McKenna securing 45.7 percent of the vote to Inslee’s 41.3 percent.

Of the 10 voting precincts in the Birch Bay area, precinct 109 turned out the strongest for McKenna, with 56 percent of voters supporting the state’s current attorney general and 29 percent supporting Inslee. Precinct 109 forms a slightly skewed, half-mile-long rectangle bordered by Birch Bay-Lynden Road to the north and Bay Road to the south.

Blaine’s four precincts were split, two for McKenna and two for Inslee, with the strongest support for McKenna coming from precinct 303, where 57.6 percent of voters supported the Republican. Precinct 303 comprises the Semiahmoo area and stretches from just west of Shintaffer Road all the way to the spit.

In the primary’s other major races, Blaine and Birch Bay voter tallies tracked with the statewide and Whatcom County figures.
In the race for U.S. senator, incumbent Maria Cantwell secured 55.7 percent of the statewide vote to her opponent Michael Baumgartner’s 30 percent. This numbers varied by only a percentage point either way in the figures for Whatcom County, Blaine and Birch Bay.

1st Congressional District candidate John Koster held a commanding lead over opponent Susan DelBene, collecting 44.8 percent of the district vote to DelBene’s 22.6 percent. Voters across Whatcom County, and in Blaine and Birch Bay, showed even stronger support for Koster, with the Republican securing between 56 percent and 65 percent of the vote from all three areas.

In the state 42nd legislative district contest, the August 13 count still showed the Republican representative incumbents leading over their Democratic opponents: 55.7 percent for Blaine native Jason Overstreet and Lynden’s Vincent Buys to 44.3 percent for Democrats Matt Krogh and Natalie McClendon.

Precinct-level data show the same precincts, 103 and 105 in Birch Bay and 302 in Blaine, supported the Democratic candidates over the Republican incumbents in the state representative race. Precinct 302 includes most of downtown Blaine, 103 comprises the western half of Birch Bay Village, and 105 encompasses the Cottonwood Beach area in Birch Bay.

As of the August 13 count, The Whatcom County Auditor’s office reports 38.6 percent countywide voter turnout, while the Secretary of State’s office listed the statewide figure at 37 percent. The primary election results will be certified August 21. Click here for the most up to date results.