• Sen. Maria Cantwell clinches re-election

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    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. 

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