(Last updated 8/4/16, 6:40 p.m.)
We’ve been providing updates here on statewide Washington primary races since August 2, as results continue to come in.
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Governor and Lieutenant Governor
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Governor and Lieutenant Governor Vote Count Updates
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Republican Duane Davidson – 190,627, 25.59%
Republican Michael Waite – 176,747; 23.72%
Democrat John Paul Comerford – 138,625, 18.61%
Democrat Marko Liias – 135,893, 18.24%
Democrat Alec Fisken – 103,139, 13.84%
Republican Marty McClendon – 157,490, 20.5%
Democrat Cyrus Habib – 149,341, 19.44%
Democrat Karen Fraser – 124,732, 16.23
Democrat Steve Hobbs – 119,663, 15.57%
Republican Phillip Yin – 76,988, 10%
Secretary of State
Republican Kim Wyman – 380,171, 48.7%
Democrat Tina Podlodowski – 355,264, 45.51
Independent Tim Turner – 45,279, 5.8%
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Commissioner of Public Lands
Republican Steve McLaughlin – 292,714; 39.1%
Democrat Hilary Franz – 155,999; 20.84%
Democrat Dave Upthegrove – 101,330; 13.54%
Democrat Mary Verner – 96,284; 12.86%
Democrat Karen Porterfield – 38,428; 3.85%
Libertarian Steven Nielsen – 35,054; 4.68%
Lens pre-primary report: Seven Vie For Public Lands Boss; The Hottest Race You’ve Never Watched
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Republican Duane Davidson – 188,187; 25.47%
Republican Michael Waite – 174,604; 23.64%
Democrat John Paul Comerford – 137,860; 18.66%
Democrat Marko Liias – 135,428; 18.33%
Democrat Alec Fisken – 102,654; 13.91%
A Republican has not held this office in Washington since 1956. Here’s a Lens pre-primary run-down: Debt Hawks, Income Tax Advocate, Others Vie For Washington State Treasurer
Fascinating case of Dems splitting the vote allowing 2 R candidates to snag top two slots in state treasurer race pic.twitter.com/eZVmGxjKf7
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Republican Marty McClendon – 148,996; 20.13%
Democrat Cyrus Habib – 145,346; 19.63%
Democrat Karen Fraser – 121,159; 16.37%
Democrat Steve Hobbs – 115,919; 15.66%
Only the top two will advance to the November general election.
Incumbent Democrat Jay Inslee – 355,434; 49%
Republican challenger Bill Bryant – 276,376; 38%
Both will advance to the November general election.
7: 19 p.m.
Wide fields of statewide candidates in Washington will be narrowed down to the top two contenders for November’s general election, tonight or soon thereafter. Key primary election contests today include Commissioner of Public Lands, Lieutenant Governor, and Superintendent of Public Instruction. We’ll be tracking those races right here along with ones for Governor, State Supreme Court, and Secretary of State.
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.
One-term Democratic incumbent Jay Inslee faces Republican challenger Bill Bryant. Inslee has previously served as a U.S. Representative and has had a decidedly mixed first term as Governor. Bryant is a former Port of Seattle commissioner and businessman. He is chairman of BCI, an agricultural export consulting company.
A brawling 11-candidate race for Washington Lieutenant Governor has included sharp barbs exchanged between outgoing incumbent Democrat Brad Owen and an outspoken contender, Sen. Cyrus Habib (D-48).
Key duties of the office are presiding over the State Senate, settling procedural issues in Senate legislative debate, and serving as Acting Governor when needed.
In addition to Habib, candidates include Libertarian Paul Addis, Republican Javier Figueroa, State Senator Karen Keiser (D-22), State Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-44), and Republicans Marty McLendon, Bill Penor and Philip Yin. Three others are running for the office, but did not participate in a major mid-June debate.
There are three contests this year for State Supreme Court seats, but only one the primary. The incumbents all drew challengers after a recruitment effort stemming from concerns the Court had overreached in controversial decisions to micro-manage K-12 education funding and block charter school funding.
The primary election focus is on just one of those three races, Position 5, that has drawn more than two candidates. Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, a 24-year veteran of the Court, squares off against Kittitas County Prosecuting Attorney Greg Zempel. A third candidate is rated as “not qualified” by the King County Bar Association, John “Zamboni” Scannell. The top two-vote getters will advance to the November general election. The race affords a preliminary glance at Zempel’s chances of unseating Madsen.
Also squaring off in November will be two other pairs of candidates. In Position 1, Justice Mary Yu, a former King County Superior Court Judge appointed to the high court two years ago, faces David DeWolf, a retired Gonzaga University Law professor. For Position 6, incumbent Justice Charlie Wiggins, on the court since 2010, will be challenged by Federal Way Municipal Court Judge David Larson.
Commissioner Of Public Lands
Seven candidates are running for the office being vacated by incumbent Peter Goldmark. It’s more high-profile than usual due to record wildfire season damages in Washington in the summers of 2014 and 2015. The Commissioner oversees the Department of Natural Resources and its wildfire prevention and response programs. He or she also regulates natural resource-based industries in Washington and is conservator for state lands designated for preservation. Read more about the contenders in this Lens report.
Secretary of State
Incumbent Kim Wyman is the only statewide Republican elected officeholder in Washington, Oregon and California. The GOP has held this post in Washington for 51 years. A former Thurston County elections director and later, auditor, Wyman is being challenged by Tina Podlodowski. She is a former Microsoft manager, public relations executive, Seattle City Council member, and advisor to Seattle mayor Ed Murray.
The two have already scuffled over presidential primary elections held this spring. Podlodowski said they were not needed and a partisan tool, but voters seemed to think they were useful. This especially after the alternative presidential caucuses held by Washington Democrats turned into marathon harangues dominated by backers of then-contender Bernie Sanders, and soured even the party faithful.
Wyman cites her elections administration experience and impartiality, while Podlodowski accents her private sector acumen and emphasizes the need to register more voters. Four-fifths of eligible Washington voter are already registered, which exceeds the 2012 national average.