u 2012 Washington Primary

Rob McKenna

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

Party: Republican

Age: 52City: Bellevue, WA

Occupation: Lawyer

On this race: Issues: Cut government regulations, provide tax relief and lower health care costs to create jobs; improve education with charter schools and additional $1 billion from other state spending redirected to public education. Supports asking voters for tax increase for major road projects in 2013 or 2014. Notable: If he wins, he’d be the second attorney general in a row to become governor.

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

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Competitors

Jay Inslee Democrat
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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Last-minute election push is on

With five days left until Election Day, campaigns are shifting their focus from policy arguments to pleas for action. Candidates, meanwhile, are crisscrossing the state to make their final pitches. Read more

McKenna calls Koster’s comment on rape “innapropriate”

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Inslee reports negative cash balance

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

McKenna’s free travel studied

SEATTLE – Washington’s Republican candidate for governor, Rob McKenna, has spent a lot of time as attorney general traveling on other people’s dime, the Seattle Times reported Sunday. The newspaper said McKenna accepted nearly three times as many privately paid trips and event tickets over the past seven years as his predecessor, Gov. Chris Gregoire, did during her last eight years as attorney general. 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

Gregoire says successor will need to raise taxes

OLYMPIA — The next governor will have to raise taxes, regardless of what they promise on the campaign trail, Gov. Chris Gregoire predicted today. The budget she proposes for the next two years will have some kind of “revenue increase”. Read more

Gregoire to successor: You’ll need a tax increase

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Big money continues to roll in to campaigns

With just two weeks left for voters to return their general election ballots, large amounts of money are flowing into…

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Sunday spin: Times wades into McKenna, Ref. 74 campaigns

OLYMPIA – The biggest news in the state’s political campaigns last week probably was not made by a politician or…

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Spin Control: Times political ads might not be money well spent

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Inslee campaign cleared by state panel

OLYMPIA – The state’s campaign watchdog rejected complaints about contributions and spending by Democrat Jay Inslee while a small-business group tried to boost Republican Rob McKenna’s chances for governor Monday. Just days before Washington voters get their ballots in the mail and just over three weeks before the deadline to mail them back, the Public Disclosure Commission voted unanimously to reject a complaint against Inslee filed by McKenna’s campaign manager, Randy Pepple. Read more

PDC: Inslee campaign followed rules

The state’s campaign watchdog on Monday rejected complaints about contributions and spending by Democrat Jay Inslee.

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McKenna: Too many permits, not enough help

Washington has too many licenses and permits for business, and doesn't do a good job of making it easy…

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Inslee, McKenna differ on economic fixes, challenge anti-tax claims

To turn the governor’s office Republican for the first time in a generation, Attorney General Rob McKenna seems intent on keeping the race focused on local issues and state politics. To hear him tell it, almost everything that’s wrong with Washington, from high unemployment to struggling businesses to underfunded schools, is the fault of Democrats who have controlled the governorship since 1985 and one or both houses of the Legislature since 1998. Read more

Spin Control: McKenna’s dance moves could wrap up the nerd vote

The first rule of campaigning in 2012 should be: Think twice before you do something. There’s always a video camera around. This might be something the staff of gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna should write down, have enlarged to second-coming type, and posted around the headquarters after last weekend. Read more

Inslee, McKenna clash in Seattle debate

Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna clashed Thursday night over same-sex marriage, Medicaid and the best way to get more money to the state’s public schools. Each accused the other of ignoring the “will of the voters” when it was convenient. Each claimed the ability to forge bipartisan consensus while contending the other was tainted by their recent government service. Read more

Gov debate 4: Fights continue over school funding, partisanship

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Gubernatorial debate tonight; U.S Senate Friday

Joe Biden and Paul Ryan aren't the only debate on the schedule tonight for Washington voters.

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McKenna dance video goes viral

On the eve of Washington's next gubernatorial debate, a video featuring Republican Rob McKenna doing Gangnam style dancing apparently…

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Fun video2: McKenna tries his hand at Gangnam dancing

 

While the Democrats tried their hand at comedy, Republican Rob McKenna tried his feet at dancing last weekend.

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