Washingtonians showered Barack Obama not only with votes but with money he could use to campaign elsewhere, the latest figures show. Obama and Joe Biden got 1.7 million Evergreen State votes compared to 1.2 million for John McCain and Sarah Palin, says the Secretary of State's office. That's 57 percent to 41 percent. Wide as that is, the Election 2008 presidential money gap was even broader: $10.6 million for Obama, $2.3 million for McCain given by state donors up to Oct. 27, says campaign watchdog opensecrets.org. That's roughly an 80/20 split.
Neither candidate dwelt much in the Real Washington, considered a pushover for Obama, spending time and funds instead in the battlegrounds. But we played a money role: At $17.6 million, Washington finished 13th among U.S. states in total donations to all White House candidates.
About $8.5 million of that for Obama alone came from the Seattle metro area.
And, as it was all along, the collection of neighborhoods from Capitol Hill to Madison Park was the biggest local donor zip-code-wise (98112) - $788,000 to Obama, $64,400 to McCain. Runner-up was 98040 - Mercer Island: $452,000 Obama, $93,000 McCain.
Obama swept to first moneywise in every metro area from Portland through Seattle to Spokane - save for one: Yakima. It backed McCain $47,400, compared to Obama's $33,500. That's similar to how Yakima County voted, as well: 41,523 McCain, 33,047 Obama. Palin was big in the orchards.