Lt. Governor, State of Washington
|Cyrus Habib (D)||181,320||20.07%|
|Marty McClendon (R)||181,125||20.04%|
|Karen Fraser (D)||147,179||16.29%|
|Steve Hobbs (D)||139,943||15.49%|
|Phillip Yin (R)||93,395||10.34%|
|Karen Wallace (D)||43,595||4.82%|
|Javier Figueroa (R)||40,022||4.43%|
|Bill Penor (R)||38,969||4.31%|
|Paul Addis (L)||17,340||1.92%|
|Daniel B. Davies (N)||12,022||1.33%|
|Mark Greene (C)||8,748||0.97%|
* 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.
In the primary races for lieutenant governor and lands commissioner, the editorial board selected candidates who didn’t advance to the general election. The following are our reassessments in those contests. Lt. Governor: State Sen. Cyrus Habib, D-Bellevue, finished first in a crowded field, collecting a mere 22 percent of the vote. Marty McClendon, a Gig Harbor Republican, finished a close second.
Hobbs has a record of leadership and impartiality, and he has the most balanced support, with labor and business backing. He has earned our endorsement.
Lt. Gov. Brad Owen says Sen. Cyrus Habib may be too partisan to replace him. Habib says he wants to office to be more active.
State Sen. Karen Fraser joins the lieutenant governor’s race.
Although candidates for the 2015 election may be shoulder-to-the-wheel, nose-to-the-grindstone right now, the 2016 crop of candidates isn’t far behind.