u 2012 Washington Primary

State Auditor, State of Washington

About this race

The auditor is the state’s official watchdog, responsible for ensuring that government agencies can account for all taxpayer dollars. This is an open race because longtime State Auditor Brian Sonntag decided against seeking re-election. The position pays $116,950 plus healthcare benefits and office holders serve four-year terms.

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

CandidateVotesPct
James Watkins (R) 534,552 46.37%
Troy Kelley (D) 267,784 23.23%
Craig Pridemore (D) 238,346 20.68%
Mark Miloscia (D) 112,054 9.72%

* 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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