Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Thursday, November 21, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Clear Night 28° Clear

Election Center

About this race

At its core, Washington’s U.S. Senate race this year might be reduced to a person who says he wants to be an agent of change and another who says she’s been working for change for almost a quarter of a century.

Democrat Patty Murray, seeking her fifth term in the Senate, points to work she’s done on a wide variety of issues over the lpast 24 years, including highway projects, education and the budget, and talks about tackling voters’ current concerns about the Zika virus, economic uncertainty and access to mental health care.

She faces Republican Chris Vance, a former legislator and state GOP chairman. He bills himself as a different kind of Republican than the national profile, one who harkens back to fiscally conservative social moderates like Dan Evans and Slade Gorton, the only Republicans to be sent to the U.S. Senate from Washington in the last 64 years. He distinguished himself from the national party in May when he announced he wouldn’t support Donald Trump, and unlike some early Trump critics has not changed course.

In a move calculated to capture independent votes – although arguably conceding four more years of a Democrat in the White House – Vance has contended that re-electing Murray would be giving Hillary Clinton a “rubber stamp” in the Senate.

Murray scoffs at the rubber stamp description but agrees she’s a longtime Clinton friend and ally. Murray said Clinton knows she’ll fight for the state on any issue. And if the senior senator from Washington calls the Oval Office over the next four years, “she’ll take my call.”

U.S. Senator, State of Washington

888
Candidate Votes Pct
Patty Murray (D) 1,709,520 59.26%
Chris Vance (R) 1,175,088 40.74%

* 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.


Related coverage

Trump selects Rick Perry as energy secretary; Sen. Patty Murray indicates her opposition

WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday confirmed his selection of former campaign rival Rick Perry to be the country’s next secretary of energy. In a statement early Wednesday on his decision, Trump said that Perry, a former governor of Texas, had led his state through “a sustained period of economic growth and prosperity” by developing its energy resources and infrastructure.


Washington Sen. Patty Murray to help lead Senate Democrats

Senate Democrats named Charles Schumer, a media-savvy Brooklynite, to succeed Harry Reid, the combative ex-boxer from a hardscrabble Nevada mining town, to be their party’s leader as they prepare for Donald Trump’s presidency. Aside from Schumer, Washington’s Patty Murray was selected as assistant leader.


Millions on Social Security are hurt by low gasoline prices

When the price of gasoline goes down, Donald and Fran Shoemaker take a hit in their pocketbook, too. They say that’s not fair. He’s 90, and she’s 88, and neither drives much anymore. They own a 1991 Toyota Corolla with 111,000 miles on it, and live on the $2,029 they receive every month from Social Security, money they say doesn’t go too far.


Elway Poll: Advantage Clinton, Inslee, most Dems

The latest Elway Poll suggests Washington’s statewide races will trend Democratic blue on Nov. 8.


Vance cancels Spokane town hall meeting

Chris Vance, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, cancels the town hall meeting he had scheduled for Saturday in Spokane.


Vance town hall on Saturday, Senate debate Sunday

Republican Senate candidate Chris Vance will hold a town hall meeting in Spokane on Saturday afternoon.


Gonzaga hosting Senate debate as one of 4 statewide matchups

U.S. Senate candidates debate in Spokane next month.


Washington delegation makes a pitch for new tanker at Fairchild

The entire Washington congressional delegation sent the Air Force secretary a letter promoting Fairchild as the next home for the new KC-46A tanker.


Senate easily advances $1.1 billion in Zika funding

The Senate voted decisively on Tuesday in favor of a bipartisan $1.1 billion measure to combat the Zika virus this year and next, cutting back President Barack Obama’s request but offering significantly more money to fight Zika than would House GOP conservatives.


Zika funding plan on the way, says Sen. Patty Murray

A senior Senate Democrat says there’s a deal to advance a $1.1 billion measure to battle the Zika virus. The bill is smaller than President Barack Obama’s $1.9 billion request but is expected to get sweeping support in a vote next week.


GOP Senate candidate says he won’t vote for Trump

Chris Vance, the chief Republican challenger for Washington’s U.S. Senate seat, says he won’t vote for Donald Trump in the upcoming primary or the general election.


Garland qualified for Supreme Court, Murray says after meeting

Will pressure from folks back home prompt Senate Republican leaders to give Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland a hearing? Sen. Patty Murray thinks it might.


Democrats denounce GOP ‘pinata’ comment on Supreme Court

Democrats accused Republicans on Tuesday of taking their cues from Donald Trump after the Senate’s No. 2 Republican said President Barack Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court should expect to be treated like a “pinata.”


Responses to the State of the Union

A State of the Union Address generates lots of e-mailed responses. We’re compiling some from around the region inside the blog.


Official betting on Seahawks has begun

Members of Congress and state officials bet on Seahawks against Vikings.


Editorial: Education reform nears final test

New law jettisons many of the unrealistic requirements of No Child Left Behind.


Murray: WA needs time, clarity on REAL ID changes

Sen. Patty Murray asks Homeland Security to hold up on new rules for driver’s licenses.