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Rob McKenna

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

Party: Republican

Age: 55

City: Bellevue, WA

Occupation: Lawyer

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


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.

Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
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 (H) 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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Competitors

Jay Inslee

Democrat

Rob Hill

Republican

Shahram Hadian

Republican

James White

Independent

Christian Joubert

Holistic Party

L. Dale Sorgren

Independent

Max Sampson

Republican

Javier Lopez

Republican

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