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Candidate Votes Pct
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) 69,504 51.62%
Joe Pakootas (D) 38,847 28.85%
Dave Wilson (I) 15,404 11.44%
Tom Horne (R) 10,887 8.09%

* 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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