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Kitsap County is generally considered to be a Democratic area. In the 2008 U.S. presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 54.89% of the vote to Republican John McCain's 42.63%.[11]
On mainland Kitsap County, politics are dominated by working-class Bremerton, which casts moderate margins for Democratic candidates. However, population shifts have resulted in Bremerton playing less of a role in politics, and unincorporated Kitsap County is a mix of battleground areas and staunchly Republican areas. Non-Bremerton parts of incorporated mainland Kitsap County vary, with Silverdale being marginally Republican, Poulsbo somewhat Democratic, and Port Orchard having been an exact tie in the 2004 election.
Democrats normally carry the Indian reservations of the area by wide margins; the area around Little Boston (part of the S'Klallam Indian Reservation) regularly gives Democratic candidates landslides of 10-to-1. The heavily white Port Madison Indian Reservation (across from Bainbridge Island) also gives Democrats victories of upwards of 2-to-1.
Democratic legislative electoral control of Kitsap County is partly due to Bainbridge Island, which casts a significant number of votes and is almost 3-to-1 Democratic. Bainbridge Island's growth and Democratic trend offsets population losses of Bremerton, generally resulting in the county as a whole being stable but very close.
The Kitsap County Auditor Website has detailed election results from 1998 to the present. County area political trends can be tracked by analyzing the election precinct data.

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Angel, Jan Republican District 26 Kitsap (P), Pierce (P)
Rolfes, Christine Democrat District 23 Kitsap (P)

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Appleton, Sherry Democrat District 23 Position 1  

Represents part of Kitsap County, including Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo, Kingston, Silverdale, Winslow and East Bremerton.

Hansen, Drew Democrat District 23 Position 2 Kitsap (P)

Represents part of Kitsap County, including Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo, Kingston, Silverdale, Winslow and East Bremerton.

Young, Jesse Republican District 26 Position 1 Kitsap (P), Pierce (P)

Represents part of Pierce and Kitsap Counties including part of Bremerton, Port Orchard, and Gig Harbor.

MacEwen, Drew Republican District 35 Position 2 Kitsap (P), Mason, Thurston (P)

Represents Mason County and part of Kitsap and Thurston Counties including Shelton, Grapeview and Belfair.

Haigh, Kathy Democrat District 35 Position 1 Kitsap (P), Mason, Thurston (P)

Represents Mason County and part of Kitsap and Thurston Counties including Shelton, Grapeview and Belfair.

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