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Rob McKenna

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

Party: Republican

Age: 56

City: Bellevue, WA

Occupation: Lawyer

NOTABLE: Currently finishing his second term as Washington’s attorney general; former King County councilman.

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On this race:

McKenna carried Eastern Washington, and most other rural parts of the state, in the primary, but Inslee captured the voter-rich Puget Sound region and with it a slight lead heading into the Nov. 6 general election. 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 51.22 %
Rob McKenna (R) 1,391,168 48.78 %

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Jay Inslee

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