Washington elections, 2016

A general election was held in the U.S. state of Washington on November 8, 2016. A primary was held on August 2.[1]

At the time of the filing deadline of May 20, 2016, 682 candidates have filed for 345 offices statewide.[1][2]

Federal

President of the United States

Washington has 12 electoral votes for the presidential election, which are projected to be awarded to Hillary Clinton.[3]

Statewide party caucuses and primaries were held in the spring of 2016 to determine the allocation of state delegates to the respective Democratic and Republican party national conventions. Bernie Sanders won the Democratic caucus in March, defeating Hillary Clinton and taking 73 percent of delegates;[4] Donald Trump won the Republican primary, taking 76 percent of delegates. A non-binding primary for the Democratic party held in May resulted in a victory for Hillary Clinton.[5][6]

United States House of Representatives

All 10 of Washington's seats in the United States House of Representatives will be up for re-election in 2016. All but one of the incumbents will run for re-election, the exception being Jim McDermott (D) of the 7th district.[7] McDermott's seat was won by Pramila Jayapal (D).[8] The remaining seats were retained by the incumbents.[3]

United States Senate

Incumbent Democratic senior Senator Patty Murray ran for re-election to a fifth term in office,[9] defeating Republican challenger Chris Vance by 18 points.[10]

United States Senate election in Washington, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Patty Murray (incumbent) 745,421 53.82
Republican Chris Vance 381,004 27.51
Republican Eric John Makus 57,825 4.18
Democratic Phil Cornell 46,460 3.35
Republican Scott Nazarino 41,542 3.00
Libertarian Mike Luke 20,988 1.52
Democratic Mohammad Said 13,362 0.96
Independent Donna Rae Lands 11,472 0.83
Independent Ted Cummings 11,028 0.80
Independent Sam Wright 10,751 0.78
Republican Uncle Mover 8,569 0.62
Independent Jeremy Teuton 7,991 0.58
Democratic Thor Amundson 7,906 0.57
Independent Chuck Jackson 6,318 0.46
Independent Pano Churchill 5,150 0.37
Independent Zach Haller 5,092 0.37
Independent Alex Tsimerman 4,117 0.30
Total votes 1,384,996 100.0
General election
Democratic Patty Murray (incumbent) 1,913,979 59.0
Republican Chris Vance 1,329,338 41.0
Total votes 3,243,317 100.0
Democratic hold

Statewide

Attorney General

Washington (state) Attorney General election, 2016 results by county
Results by county Ferguson:       Trumbull:   

Incumbent Attorney General Bob Ferguson, elected in 2012 as a Democrat, sought reelection, opposed by Joshua B. Trumbull, who ran as a Libertarian.[1]

Washington Attorney General election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Ferguson (incumbent) 906,493 72.6
Libertarian Joshua Trumbull 341,932 27.4
Total votes 1,248,425 100.0
General election
Democratic Bob Ferguson (incumbent) 2,000,804 67.1
Libertarian Joshua Trumbull 979,105 32.9
Total votes 2,979,909 100.0
Democratic hold

Governor

Incumbent Governor Jay Inslee was re-elected to his second term over Port of Seattle Commissioner Bill Bryant.[11][12]

Washington gubernatorial election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jay Inslee (incumbent) 687,412 49.30
Republican Bill Bryant 534,519 38.33
Republican Bill Hirt 48,382 3.47
Democratic Patrick O'Rourke 40,572 2.91
Independent Steve Rubenstein 22,582 1.62
Democratic James Robert Deal 14,623 1.05
Democratic Johnathan Dodds 14,152 1.01
Republican Goodspaceguy 13,191 0.95
Socialist Workers Mary Martin 10,374 0.74
Independent David Blomstrom 4,512 0.32
Independent Christian Joubert 4,103 0.29
Total votes 1,394,422 100.0
General election
Democratic Jay Inslee (incumbent) 1,760,520 54.2
Republican Bill Bryant 1,476,346 45.5
n/a Write-ins 8,416 0.3
Total votes 3,245,282 100.0
Democratic hold

Lieutenant Governor

Incumbent Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen, first elected to the office in 1996, announced that he would not seek a sixth term.[13][14]

Four Democrats (three of whom were state senators), four Republicans, two third-party candidates, and one independent competed in the primary election. Marty McClendon (R) and Cyrus Habib (D) finished as top two and advanced to the general election, where Habib won by 9 points.[15]

Washington lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Cyrus Habib 294,641 22.26
Republican Marty McClendon 253,714 19.17
Democratic Karen Fraser 207,271 15.66
Democratic Steve Hobbs 202,427 15.29
Republican Phillip Yin 141,680 10.70
Democratic Karen Wallace 59,175 4.47
Republican Javier Figueroa 56,214 4.25
Republican Bill Penor 52,986 4.00
Libertarian Paul Addis 26,304 1.99
Independent Daniel Davies 16,491 1.25
Independent Mark Greene 12,692 0.96
Total votes 1,323,595 100.0
General election
Democratic Cyrus Habib 1,698,297 54.4
Republican Marty McClendon 1,424,277 45.6
Total votes 3,122,574 100.0
Democratic hold

Public Lands Commissioner

Incumbent Public Lands Commissioner Peter J. Goldmark, elected in 2008 and reelected in 2012, announced his intention to not seek a third term in office.[16]

Five Democrats, one Republican, and one Libertarian competed in the primary. Steve McLaughlin (R) and Hilary Franz (D) finished as top two and advanced to the general election. Franz was elected with 53% of the vote.[17]

Washington Public Lands Commissioner election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve McLaughlin 494,416 37.95
Democratic Hilary Franz 297,074 22.80
Democratic Dave Upthegrove 183,976 14.12
Democratic Mary Verner 159,564 12.25
Libertarian Steven Nielson 63,065 4.84
Democratic Karen Porterfield 61,710 4.74
Democratic John Stillings 43,129 3.31
Total votes 1,302,925 100.0
General election
Democratic Hilary Franz 1,630,369 53.2
Republican Steve McLaughlin 1,436,817 46.8
Total votes 3,067,186 100.0
Democratic hold

Secretary of State

Incumbent Secretary of State Kim Wyman, elected in 2012 as the only Republican to hold a statewide office on the West Coast, is seeking reelection.[18] Former Seattle City Councilmember Tina Podlodowski announced her bid in January 2016, seeking to become the first Democrat to hold the office since 1965.[19] Wyman retained her seat with 55% of the vote.[20]

Washington Secretary of State election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kim Wyman (incumbent) 645,614 47.90
Democratic Tina Podlodowski 621,732 46.13
Libertarian Tim Turner 80,570 5.98
Total votes 1,347,916 100.0
General election
Republican Kim Wyman (incumbent) 1,713,004 54.7
Democratic Tina Podlodowski 1,416,299 45.3
Total votes 3,129,303 100.0
Republican hold

State Auditor

Incumbent State Auditor Troy Kelley, elected as a Democrat in 2012, was indicted over federal charges of felony theft and money-laundering. Several attempts to remove him from office, including a threat of impeachment by the legislature, proved unsuccessful.[21] Kelley did not file to run for a second term.[22]

Two Democratic, one Republican and two independent candidates competed in the primary. Mark Miloscia (R) and Pat McCarthy (D) finished as top two and advanced to the general election. McCarthy won by 5 points.[23]

Washington Secretary of State election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Miloscia 481,910 36.71
Democratic Pat McCarthy 381,828 29.09
Democratic Jeff Sprung 314,290 23.94
Independent Mark Wilson 96,972 7.39
Independent David Golden 37,727 2.87
Total votes 1,312,727 100.0
General election
Democratic Pat McCarthy 1,597,011 52.3
Republican Mark Miloscia 1,455,771 47.7
Total votes 3,052,782 100.0
Democratic hold

State Treasurer

Incumbent James McIntire announced on December 16, 2015, that he would not seek a third term as Washington State Treasurer.[24] Five candidates are running to succeed him: state senator Marko Liias, former Port of Seattle commissioner Alec Fisken, pension consultant John Paul Comerford, Benton County treasurer Duane Davidson, and investment firm executive Michael Waite.[25] Liias, Fisken, and Comerford are running as Democrats; Davidson and Waite, as Republicans.[25]

Duane Davidson and Michael Waite, both Republicans, finished as top two in the primary election and advanced to the general election, where Davidson won the position.[26]

Washington State Treasurer election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Duane Davidson 322,374 25.09
Republican Michael Waite 299,766 23.33
Democratic Marko Liias 261,633 20.36
Democratic John Paul Comerford 230,904 17.97
Democratic Alec Fisken 170,117 13.24
Total votes 1,284,794 100.0
General election
Republican Duane Davidson 1,576,580 58.2
Republican Michael Waite 1,134,843 41.8
Total votes 2,711,423 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Incumbent Randy Dorn declined to run for a third term as Superintendent of Public Instruction. Nine candidates ran in the nonpartisan election. Erin Jones and Chris Reykdal finished as top two and advanced to the general election. In a close race, Reykdal edged out Jones by one point.[27] Jones conceded the election on November 22.[28]

Legislative

State Senate

Twenty-five of the forty-nine seats in the Washington State Senate were up for election. Republicans held a narrow majority in the Senate, taking 26 seats compared to 23 for the Democrats.[1] Seven incumbent senators retired, creating vacancies that had the potential to swing the split of party votes.[29] A Democrat defeated the Republican incumbent in District 41, leaving Republicans with a one-seat majority.

State House of Representatives

All 98 seats in the Washington House of Representatives were up for election. The outgoing House had a narrow Democratic majority, with 50 seats compared to the Republicans' 48.[1] Both parties picked up seats from the other party, resulting in the same overall composition.

Ballot measures

Local elections

See also

References

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