Sen. Maria Cantwell clinches re-election



SEATTLE - Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell has clinched re-election, defeating Republican newcomer Michael Baumgartner to win her third term.   


 Cantwell, Washington state's junior senator, led from the start, amassing a war chest worth more than $8 million that dwarfed Baumgartner's effort, which added up to about $1 million.    


Baumgartner is a first-term state senator from the Spokane area who previously worked as a foreign policy consultant.