u 2012 Washington Primary

Jay Inslee

A candidate for Governor, State of Washington in the 2012 Washington Primary

Party: Democrat

Age: 63City: Bainbridge Island, WA

Occupation: Lawyer

On this race: Issues: Build a stronger economy through innovation and education, although he opposes charter schools and is not promising to add $1 billion to public schools in 2013-15 to meet the “basic” education mandate from state Supreme Court. Notable: Is the first person elected to two different congressional districts in Washington.

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Competitors

Rob McKenna Republican
Rob Hill Republican
James White Independent
L. Dale Sorgren Independent
Max Sampson Republican
Javier Lopez Republican

Last updated: Aug. 10, 8 p.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Jay Inslee (D) 599,135 46.78%
Rob McKenna (R) 554,303 43.28%
Rob Hill (R) 42,597 3.33%
Shahram Hadian (R) 40,118 3.13%
James White (I) 12,767 1%
Christian Joubert (N) 9,390 0.73%
L. Dale Sorgren (I) 8,711 0.68%
Max Sampson (R) 8,170 0.64%
Javier Lopez (R) 5,691 0.44%
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OLYMPIA – Democrat Jay Inslee has burned through his campaign cash, as Washington state’s competitive race for governor enters the final week. Inslee reported in disclosure filings that he had a negative account balance of about $50,000 as of Monday. Campaign spokesman Sterling Clifford said Wednesday that the campaign still has cash to spend after raising $60,000 on Tuesday, with more coming in. And he noted the campaign has already paid for ads through Election Day. Read more

Gregoire says successors’ budget proposals won’t work

OLYMPIA – Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire served warning Thursday to her two would-be successors that the budget plans they’re pushing on the campaign trail won’t work and they’ll need to find some sort of new revenue – usually translated as a tax increase – to balance the budget and meet the demand for better public schools. At a news conference to announce a federal waiver that will help the state save money by developing a new program for residents eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, Gregoire said she was looking at a revenue increase for the 2013-’15 budget she will propose next month. Read more

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Gov debate 4: Fights continue over school funding, partisanship

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