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Friday, September 20, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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About this race

Republican James Watkins and Democrat Troy Kelley advanced from a crowded primary field to this general election faceoff and the chance to replace longtime Auditor Brian Sonntag, who is retiring after four terms as the state’s top watchdog. The state auditor runs the office that conducts financial and legal checks of all state and local government agencies to make sure they are following the constitution, state law, local ordinances and accounting standards. The position pays $116,950 a year plus health care and other benefits.

State Auditor, State of Washington

Candidate Votes Pct
Troy Kelley (D) 1,397,749 52.64%
James Watkins (R) 1,257,600 47.36%

* 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.