Washington Election Scorecard – Legislative Races

Washington Election Scorecard - Legislative Races
Primary elections August 2 serve to sort the top two candidates for Washington State House and Senate races in the November general election. Seen here is the Capitol in Olympia. Photo: Washington House Democrats.

(Last updated 8/4/16, 6:40 p.m.)
Below are our rolling updates, mainly with charts, of key outcomes in primary election races for the Washington State House and Senate, and one Washington Congressional district. We have been updating this article since election night, August 2, as results continue to arrive via Washington’s mail-in voting system. Stay tuned for continuing updates.

U.S. Congress, 7th District

WA House, 5th

Top WA House Primary Races With Only Two Candidates

WA State House, Races Which Started Night Of 8/4 With Margin Of Less Than 5%

WA State House, 30th, Seat 2

Top WA State House Races – At A Glance

WA State Senate – 5 Races At A Glance

WA State Senate, 1st

WA State Senate, 17th

WA State Senate, 5th

5:00 p.m., 8/4/16
WA State Senate, 41st


7:30 p.m., 8/3/16
Congressional District 7 Update

7:20 p.m.
Update On Selected Senate Races

5:35 p.m.

5:25 p.m.

2nd spot in November general election still up for grabs in these races:

5:00 p.m.
Senate, District 41

Senate, Dist. 5

4:47 p.m.
Senate, District 1

4:00 p.m., 8/3/16
Select State House and Senate Races, and U.S. Rep., Dist. 7

10:33 p.m.
House, District 43, Seat 1
Democrat Nicole Macri – 9,325; 49.11%
Democrat Dan Shih – 4,919; 25.91%
Both will advance to the general election, from among a field of eight primary candidates.

House, District 44, Seat 1
Democrat John Lovick – 7,305; 51.95%
Democrat Janice Huxford – 6,360; 45.23%

House, District 5, Seat 1
Republican Jay Rodne – 8,643; 55.79%
Democrat Jason Ritchie – 6,850; 44.21%

House, District 17, Seat 1
Republican Vicki Kraft – 5,055; 31.95%
Democrat Sam Kim – 3,403; 21.51%
Democrat Dan Orange – 3,013; 19.04%
Republican Jerry Oliver – 2,388; 15.09%

House, District 25, Seat 2
Republican Joyce McDonald – 8,519; 55.95
Democrat Michelle Chatterton – 6,707; 44.05%

Senate, District 25
Republican Hans Zeiger – 8,923; 58.16%
Democrat Karl Mecklenburg – 6,419; 41.84%

10:03 p.m.
Senate, District 17
Democrat Tim Probst – 8,073; 50.67
Republican Lynda Wilson – 7,861; 49.33

10:00 p.m.
Senate, District 28
Republican Steve O’Ban – 8,818; 53.91%
Democrat Marisa Peloquin – 7,539; 46.09%

9:56 p.m.
Senate, District 41
Republican Steve Litzow – 8,011; 48.72%
Democrat Lisa Wellman – 7,842; 47.69%
Libertarian Bryan Simonson – 590; 3.59%

8:34 p.m.
Senate, District 1
Republican Mindie Wirth – 4,155; 42.32%;
Democrat Guy Palumbo – 2,805; 28.57%
Democrat Luis Moscoso – 2,823; 28.76%

Senate, District 28
Democrat Marisa Peloquin – 7,539; 46.00%
Republican Steve O’Ban – 8,818; 53.81%

8:27 p.m.
Senate, District 5
Incumbent Democrat Mark Mullett (7,899 votes) faces a challenge from District 5 House Member Chad Magendanz (7,853), a Republican. (8 p.m. report).

Senate, District 41
Incumbent Republican Steve Litzow (8,011 votes) faces two challengers. They are Democrat Lisa Wellman (7,842) and Libertarian Bryan Simonson (590). (8 p.m. report)


7:41 p.m.
Thin majority party balances of power in the Washington State House and Senate are at stake in this November’s general elections and the chips begin to fall tonight, as primary election results come in and the races for the fall shape up. Under Washington’s “top two” primary, the top two vote-getters advance to the general election regardless of party. Each of Washington’s 49 legislative districts has two State Representative seats, and one State Senator.

We’ll also be tracking one open seat for the U.S. Congress, in a Seattle district.

Check back frequently over the course of the evening, and on August 3 and 4, as we update the results. We invite your thoughtful commentary in the comment string here, or at our related Facebook post.

The first election results are expected around 8 p.m. Pacific Standard Time tonight.

Let’s take the races one by one.

State Senate

District 1
Incumbent Democrat Luis Moscoso faces Democratic challenger Guy Palumbo. Republican Mindie Wirth is also seeking to be one of the top two vote-getters for the seat.

District 5
Incumbent Democrat Mark Mullett faces a challenge from District 5 House Member Chad Magendanz, a Republican.

District 17
The contest for this open Senate seat pits Republican House member Lynda Wilson against Independent Democrat Tim Probst.

District 28
Incumbent Republican Steve O’Ban is being challenged by Democrat Marisa Peloquin.

District 41
Incumbent Republican Steve Litzow faces two challengers. They are Democrat Lisa Wellmanand Libertarian Bryan Simonson.


State House

District 5, Seat 1

District 17, Seat 1

District 25, Seat 2

District 31, Seat 2
Five candidates are contending for an open seat.

District 43, Seat 1
Six Democrats, one Republican and one candidate with no party preference are seeking an open House seat in this Seattle progressive stronghold. The other House seat in the 43rd is held by Speaker Frank Chopp.

District 44, Seat 1


U.S. House, District 7


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