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Washington’s Initiative 594 requires universal background checks for gun purchases and transfers, including private and online sales. 

Initial election results indicate passage is likely, and backers say they are energized by the presumed victory. The opposing measure to bar expanded background checks, Initiative 591, has fallen short of passing so far.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Duke University political science professor Kristin Goss about what Washington's passage of universal background checks mean for the national conversation about guns.

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Marcie Sillman talks with state Republican Party Chair Susan Hutchison and state Democratic Party Chair Jaxon Ravens about the election results. Sillman also talks with Q13 Fox political analyst C.R. Douglas.

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Marcie Sillman speaks with Sarah Mirk, online editor for Bitch Media, about results from ballot measures in Oregon regarding marijuana legalization and GMO labeling.

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Jeannie Yandel talks to Alexandra Gutierrez, state government reporter for Alaska Public Radio, about some of the measures that passed in Alaska after the 2014 mid-term election.

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UPDATE: 11/5/2014, 4:19 p.m.  

At last count, Initiative 1351 continued to be closely split with 49.5 percent in favor, 50.5 percent against.

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A statewide initiative to reduce K-12 class sizes is too close to call in early returns: 50.6 to 49.4 percent, with the "yes" votes slightly trailing.

Initiative 1351 would decrease average class sizes for all grades, but especially for the youngest students.

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Bill Radke catches you up on Tuesday's election results with former Seattle mayor Greg Nickels and past Republican state party chair Chris Vance.

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Democrat Suzan DelBene cruised to an easy victory in her first re-election bid in the state’s 1st Congressional District.

At last count, DelBene is leading Republican challenger Pedro Celis 55 to 44 percent.

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Bill Radke talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about expanded background checks for gun sales and the changed balance of power in the state legislature.

The campaigns are winding down and the ballot counting is about to begin. But in Washington state, we may not know the results of close races until later this week.

Washington Democrats appear to have failed in their bid to retake control of the state Senate. Republicans were also poised to pick up seats in the Democratically-controlled Washington House.

Washington voters have overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure to expand background checks for person-to-person gun sales and transfers.

The U.S. Senate has flipped to Republican control. Workers and managers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are watching to see what the change could mean for cleanup in southeast Washington.

Voters in Washington, D.C., have approved the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Supporters of the D.C. marijuana measure had a 65-29.5 percent lead as of 9:09 p.m. ET, with 20,727 voting in favor.

In 2010, President Obama lost six seats in the Senate and 63 in the House and called it "a shellacking." Four years before that, President George W. Bush lost six seats in the Senate and 30 in the House and called it a "thumpin'. "

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