Lt. Governor, State of Washington
|Cyrus Habib (D)||181,320||20.10%|
|Marty McClendon (R)||181,125||20%|
|Karen Fraser (D)||147,179||16.30%|
|Steve Hobbs (D)||139,943||15.50%|
|Phillip Yin (R)||93,395||10.30%|
|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.
Current Lt. Gov. Brad Owen has held the post since 1997. He announced his retirement earlier this year, sparking a rare rush of candidates for the office. Eleven candidates have filed for the position.
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.
In years gone by, when reporters kept pints of whiskey in their bottom desk drawers and editors wielded long pencils sharpened to resemble hypodermic needles, it was common in newsrooms to bet on elections. Truth be told, it was common in newsrooms to bet on almost anything, from how much snow would fall in a storm to when the jury in a murder case would come back. But elections were often the top source for wagering, better even than football because, unlike sports, the ability to guess who would win elections was rarely tied to one’s knowledge of politics.