A snapshot of the 2012 election, by the numbers

  • Referendum 74 revelers on election night in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. The measure passed, legalizing gay marriage in Washington state.

    AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
 

84.1 Percent of population that is Native American in Sioux County, N.D.

83.9 Percent of Sioux County votes cast for pro-oil Democratic Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp

1 Percent by which Heitkamp won North Dakota's open Senate seat

10 Number of Utah's 29 counties in which Obama received 10 percent or less of the vote

100 Percentage of Utah counties that went for Romney, who received 73 percent of the state's vote, making Utah the nation's reddest state

1.1 Percentage of votes gleaned in Oregon by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, her best showing behind Maine's 1.3 percent

2.9 Percent of vote garnered in Montana by Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, his best performance

18,764 Number of votes by which Democratic Montana Sen. Jon Tester beat Republican challenger Denny Rehberg

31,287 Number of votes in the Montana Senate race cast for Libertarian Dan Cox, possibly a spoiler for Rehberg

25 Acres of federal land in Arizona that Proposition 120 million proponents sought state ownership of

67.5 Percent of Arizona voters who said no to Proposition 120

20 Points by which Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., won the white vote against Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev.

40 Points by which Berkley won the Latino vote

44,892 Number of Nevadans who chose "none of the above" in Berkley versus Heller

1 Points by which Heller won the race overall

$146 Amount of a forged check that gave one California felon a lifetime in prison under the state's three strikes law, which allowed life sentences for third-time offenders no matter how minor their third crime

2,000 Number of California inmates now eligible for reduced sentences after voters overwhelmingly chose to relax the three strikes law

32 Times since 1998 that state ballot measures nationwide failed to legalize gay marriage

3 Number of ballot measures, of 3, allowing gay marriage that voters approved this year, including one in Washington state

3 Number of education reforms defeated by Idaho voters, including one gutting teachers' collective bargaining rights, another basing pay on performance metrics such as standardized testing, and a third purchasing laptops for high school students

1,148,631 Dollars spent -- unsuccessfully -- by outside groups to defeat California state Sen. Fran Pavley, mother of the state's groundbreaking global warming law

5,700 Number of votes by which California Republican Dan Lungren, a climate change denier, lost his House seat

Editor's note: Numbers represent vote counts as of press time.

Cannabis goes legit

Colorado and Washington legalized the sale of marijuana for recreational use through state-regulated systems -- unprecedented challenges to federal prohibition. A similar initiative in Oregon, however, went up in smoke.

No to GMO labeling

Food companies using genetically modified ingredients will not have to label their products in California. The group that supported the failed Proposition 37 hopes to put a similar initiative before Washington voters next year.

Keep your money out of our elections

Montana and Colorado overwhelmingly passed initiatives tasking their congressional delegations with proposing a constitutional amendment to override Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations and unions to spend unlimited cash on elections. An initiative limiting unions' ability to fund political activities failed in California.

Muir not yet vindicated

In San Francisco, 77 percent of voters rejected a measure that would have required the city to consider draining Yosemite National Park's Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which supplies the city with most of its drinking water and hydroelectricity.

Home rules

Longmont became the first Colorado city to ban hydraulic fracturing within city limits -- thereby challenging state law and perhaps provoking lawsuits.

Renewable advocates beaten at ballot box

Republican candidates for three seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates utilities and helps shape Arizona's energy policies, beat the Democrats' "solar team," meaning Arizona likely won't double-down on solar development. Republicans also won three races for Montana's Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities and guides energy policy. The victors are hinting they might try to kill the state requirement that utilities get some power from wind.

It pays to be green

The League of Conservation Voters nearly $18 million on the 2012 elections. Seven out of nine U.S. Senate candidates supported by it and other environmental groups won, including Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Jon Tester, D-Mont. Democrat Richard Carmona, however, who ran for Senate in Arizona, looked likely to lose at press time. But League favorite and clean energy advocate Jay Inslee, D, will be Washington's next governor.

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