u 2012 Washington Primary

Governor, State of Washington

About this race

The two candidates with the most votes will advance to the Nov. 6 general election. Washington’s governor is paid $166,891 per year plus medical and other benefits. The governor serves as the chief executive, overseeing all executive branch agencies. Each term is four years.

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%

* 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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Dellwo vs. Holy, Taxes

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Social issues to be decided, and new slate of top officials

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Spin Control: Santa Claus has a platform, and it’s kids

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Poll: Pot initiative favored

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Ad Watch: Mix-up in Shea mailer

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