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About this race

Democratic incumbent Maria Cantwell coasted to the pole position in Washington’s top two primary but Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner, a state legislator from Spokane who captured the second-most votes and the final spot on the general election ballot, hasn’t let that deter him. The candidates are divided along fairly standard partisan lines.

U.S. senators serve six-year terms and paid $174,000 per year plus healthcare and other benefits.

U.S. Senator

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Candidate Votes Pct
Maria Cantwell (D) 1,714,271 60.16%
Michael Baumgartner (R) 1,135,453 39.84%

* 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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