u 2012 Washington General Election

Attorney General, State of Washington

About this race

The race to replace Rob McKenna, who is running for governor, pits two King County councilmen against each other. Republican Reagan Dunn and Democrat Bob Ferguson have waged spirited campaigns, with their sparring at debates and public appearances providing some of the most memorable political clashes of the season so far. The attorney general is the state’s top legal officer, responsible for enforcing the law and for defending state agencies in civil litigation. The position pays $151,718 per year plus health care and other benefits.

Last updated: Nov. 13, 9:30 p.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Bob Ferguson (D) 1,443,811 53.11%
Reagan Dunn (R) 1,274,664 46.89%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

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Political Web ad violates TVW rule

OLYMPIA – The Democratic candidate for state attorney general is being accused of violating TVW broadcast rules by using the government cable channel’s footage in his latest commercial. The commercial for Bob Ferguson, which only appears on the Internet, features a brief video clip of his opponent, Republican Reagan Dunn, challenging a Ferguson allegation about poor attendance at King County Council meetings. Read more

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Post debate: AWB endorses McKenna, Dunn

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Spin Control: Both sides fuel up for critical Spokane debate

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