Tuesday’s primary election decided which of Washington’s candidates for U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and the state legislature will advance to the general election in November. Washington’s top-two primary system means that the two candidates with the most votes face off in November. Tuesday’s results look encouraging for Democrats across the state, writes Danny Westneat in the Seattle Times. Democrats may be well-positioned to defeat Republicans for control of some 11 state House seats, four state Senate seats, and for the first time in years, a shot at taking a few Congressional seats from Republicans. Complete election results can be viewed on the Secretary of State’s website here. The following are results for some key, most-watched races across the state, as well as the 37th District, which encompasses the Chinatown International District and much of south Seattle.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell received 55 percent of the vote on Tuesday. For November’s general election she’ll face Susan Hutchison, former state Republican Party chair, who received 24 percent of the vote
Incumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Camas), will advance to the November election after earning 41 percent of the vote. She will face Democrat Carolyn Long, who earned 37 percent. Democrats might have a chance at taking this District in southwestern Washington because collectively they earned just over 50 percent of the vote.
Another district Democrats could snatch from Republican control, the 5th Congressional District encompasses Spokane and Walla Walla in eastern Washington. Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers–the fourth-ranking Republican in the U.S. House–leads Democrat Lisa Brown by just 47.5 percent of the vote to Brown’s 47 percent. The district has been Republican-controlled since 1995.
Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal, representing Seattle and some surrounding cities, won 88.8 percent of the vote. In November she will face Republican Craig Keller, who won 18.1 percent of the vote.
In District 8 (which spans from Issaquah, Sammamish and Auburn on the western side, to Wenatchee, Chelan and Leavenworth on the eastern side), Republican Dino Rossi will advance to the November election with 43 percent of the vote. Democrat Kim Schrier comes in second place with 18.8 percent of the vote, followed by Democrat Jason Rittereiser with 17.6 percent of the vote. When all votes are tallied, one of them will face Rossi in November. The district has never elected a Democrat before, but that might change in November. Rossi and the other Republican candidates in the race collectively earned 48 percent of the vote, while Democrats collectively pulled in 50 percent–if these number stay the same it could be enough to take the district.
Democratic incumbent Adam Smith pulled in just over 50 percent of the vote in the 9th District, which encompasses part of Tacoma, Bellevue and Mercer Island. He’ll likely face Republican Doug Basler in November, who comes in second with 26.6 percent, beating out leftist newcomer Sarah Smith.
34th District Senate
Democrats Joe Nguyen and Shannon Braddock will face off in November for this open seat, which includes West Seattle, White Center, Vashon Island and Burien. Nguyen led with over 27 percent of the vote; Braddock is a few hundred votes behind
37th District House and Senate
District 37 includes the Chinatown International District, Beacon Hill, Rainier Valley, Columbia City and Renton. For the state senate, incumbent Rebecca Saldaña leads with close to 88 percent of the vote; she will face Republican Beth Broadway in November. Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos won reelection unanimously. Rep. Eric Pettigrew leads with nearly 88 percent of the vote, and will face Independent Tamra Smilanich in November.
My-Linh Thai leads with 41 percent of the vote. In November she will face Republican Michael Appleby, who earned 33 percent of the vote.