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Jay Inslee

A candidate for Governor, State of Washington in the 2012 Washington General Election

Party: Democrat

Age: 67

City: Bainbridge Island, WA

Education: Earned bachelor’s degree from University of Washington; earned law degree from Willamette University Law School.

Work experience: Former prosecuting attorney, author.

Political experience: Elected governor in 2012; member of state Legislature, 1989-92; member U.S. House 1993-94; 1999-2012.

Family: Married, three children

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On this race:

Inslee carried the primary with a slight lead, thanks largely to heavy support from traditionally Democratic-leaning Puget Sound voters. Both candidates have made education improvement and economic recovery key parts of their campaigns, but -- as expected -- differ on how they'd accomplish those goals.

Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
Jay Inslee (D) 1,460,770 51.20 %
Rob McKenna (R) 1,391,168 48.80 %

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Rob McKenna

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