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Cantwell defeats McGavick

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -  Democrat Maria Cantwell has won a second Senate term from Washington state, defeating Republican Mike McGavick, who tried unsuccessfully to distance himself from the White House and the Iraq war.

The matchup initially was predicted to be a close race pitting Cantwell, a freshman in the Senate minority, against McGavick, a well-connected millionaire business leader. McGavick drew close to Cantwell in some mid-year polls, but later slipped, and toward the end began distancing himself from President Bush.

Cantwell and McGavick didn't differ greatly on Iraq, but had wider differences on oil drilling in Alaska, abortion, Social Security personal investments, gay unions and immigration policy. Other candidates were Libertarian Bruce Guthrie, Green Party nominee Aaron Dixon and independent Robin Adair.

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