Democrats fared well in Spokane County races Tuesday, but can that momentum last in the general election?
The November race for Eastern Washington’s seat in Congress will be the closest campaign in at least two decades. What are the signs that each candidate has the edge heading in to the high-profile race?
In towns along Washington’s Pacific Coast, there are tsunami zones with sirens to warn of an approaching wave and marked routes to take to higher ground. Tuesday’s election results are not proof of a blue tsunami about to wash over the electorate, but the siren is blowing.
Three-term Sen. Maria Cantwell is headed for a general election showdown against former GOP State Chairwoman Susan Hutchison after the two finished far ahead of the field in Tuesday’s Washington state primary. At a campaign gathering in Redmond with U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and State Sen. Manka Dhingra, Cantwell thanked voters and campaign workers and launched into a travelogue of cities around the state where she’d been to campaign in the past week.
Whatever blue wave was seen in other parts of the state, it doesn’t look ready to wipe out long-time Republican state Rep. Joel Kretz, who easily topped three challengers in the primary in the race for a 7th Legislative District house seat. Kretz racked up 63 percent of the vote, while the next two closest candidates, Democrats Mike Bell and Crystal Oliver, drew 16.9 and 15.6 percent of the vote respectively, making the second-place finisher too close to call Tuesday night.
Democrat Dave Wilson won 6th District primary with 42.7 percent of the votes, while Republican Jenny Graham came in second with 30.5 percent.
Patrick Johnson emerged as front-runner in the race for Spokane County District Court Judge, securing 39.5 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary election. Johnson was one of three challengers vying to become Spokane County’s new district court judge after Judge Vance Peterson announced his retirement at the end of the year.
The contest between the high-ranking congressional Republican and the Democrat with years of experience in state political leadership has drawn national interest and big local spending as the parties vie for support in the first midterm election since President Donald Trump took office.
The primary ballot is the gateway to the general election for candidates seeking federal, state and local offices, but the results are always open to interpretation. Ballots have to be postmarked today or deposited in drop boxes by 8 p.m.
Results point to real contest: Lisa Brown, Cathy McMorris Rodgers nearly tied in primary
The seven-term congresswoman reached out to state Rep. Matt Shea this year, a legislator seen as a mouthpiece for the libertarian, constitutionalist wing of the Republican Party. Lisa Brown, the presumptive Democratic challenger for McMorris Rodgers’ seat, says the spate of negative ads in the campaign are distracting from the real issues facing the district.
Answers to frequent excuses for not voting in the primary.
Two more initiatives have enough signatures to go on the November ballot.
City Councilwoman Lori Kinnear is working against the clock to have her colleagues reconsider their vote against a bond measure that would ask taxpayers to cover the cost of building a downtown stadium. Boosters of Spokane’s downtown and its sports offerings panned the decision Tuesday as ignoring the voices of voters.
More than 100 protestors are highlighting a fund-raising lunch benefiting the re-election campaign of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
For all the talk about a blue wave of voters that might wash over the 2018 elections, it seems appropriate to mention that turnout in this year’s primary is lagging behind where it was in 2014, the last midterm.
As primary election night approaches, Spokane County 6th District House candidate Dave Wilson has raised several thousand dollars more than his opponents. None of the candidates, Wilson included, thinks that guarantees a victory.
The measure, which passed as part of a larger spending package approved by the House of Representatives, prohibits the federal agency from enforcing its new water quality standards in Washington state. That includes a level of carcinogenic chemicals that are imperceptible by current testing techniques, but environmental groups have argued against doing away with the EPA’s work on the issue.
Initiative 1639, a gun control measure, has enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot, but faces a new lawsuit.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and the state Republican Party are stepping up attacks on Democratic challenger Lisa Brown with a mailer that suggests the former state legislator is soft on sexual predators and a newspaper ad that she claims credit where it’s not due.