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Jay Inslee

A candidate for Governor, State of Washington in the 2012 Washington Primary

Party: Democrat

Age: 69

City: Bainbridge Island, Washington

Education: Earned bachelor’s degree from University of Washington; earned law degree from Willamette University Law School.

Work experience: Former prosecuting attorney, author.

Political experience: Elected governor in 2012 and 2016; member of state Legislature, 1989-92; member U.S. House 1993-94; 1999-2012. Ran for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, but dropped out before any primary or caucus.

Family: Married to Trudi Inslee. Has three children.

Campaign financing: Raised $6.7 million in contributions as of Oct. 2, 2020, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission, including almost $1.4 million from state Democratic Central Committee and $328,000 in small contributions under $25. 

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Race Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Jay Inslee (D) 599,135 46.78%
Rob McKenna (R) 554,303 43.28%
Rob Hill (R) 42,597 3.33%
Shahram Hadian (R) 40,118 3.13%
James White (I) 12,767 1%
Christian Joubert (H) 9,390 0.73%
L. Dale Sorgren (I) 8,711 0.68%
Max Sampson (R) 8,170 0.64%
Javier Lopez (R) 5,691 0.44%

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