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U.S. Senator

Election Results

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.

About The 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.”

The Candidates

Patty Murray

Seattle, WA

Age: 65

Education: Earned bachelor’s degree from Washington State University.

Political experience: Served on Shoreline School Board; former state senator; four-term U.S. senator

Work experience: Preschool teacher, member of Congress.

Family: Married, two children.

Chris Vance

Auburn, WA

Education: B.A Western Washington University

Political experience: Former state legislator, former King County councilman, former state GOP chairman

Work experience: Public affairs consultant, special assistant to OSPI, adjunct professor University of Washington.

Family: Married, two children

Complete Coverage

Sen. Patty Murray maintains pressure on Betsy DeVos, other Trump nominees, defends NAFTA

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray on Tuesday said President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees posed unprecedented “complex financial and legal issues” ahead of planned confirmation votes. The long-serving Democrat also advised against gutting the North American Free Trade Agreement and said she was spurred by the protests against Trump’s campaign rhetoric this weekend.

Murray and Cantwell criticized over drug import votes

Washington’s two Democratic senators are being criticized for their votes against a proposal aimed at making it easier to import inexpensive prescription drugs from Canada. The

Shawn Vestal: Can Patty Murray get answers from Trump nominee Betsy DeVos?

When Michigan billionaire and school “reformer” Betsy DeVos goes before senators for confirmation hearings as education secretary next Tuesday, Sen. Patty Murray will have a few questions.

Fairchild passed over as a location for next round of new air-refueling tankers

Fairchild Air Force Base has come up short a second time in a bid to host next-generation aerial tankers, leaving Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to question the way the Air Force made its choice.

Hearing Thursday looks at Fairchild’s second chance to land new Air Force tanker

The Air Force will hold a hearing Thursday in Spokane as it takes another look at Fairchild as a home for the nation’s new air refueling tanker.

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.

Kennewick Man skeleton closer to tribal return

Legislation that would return the 8,400-year-old bones of Kennewick Man to Columbia Basin tribes could become law in the coming weeks.

Sen. Patty Murray: Trump nominees should release tax returns

Sen. Patty Murray has pointed questions for Donald Trump’s nominees, wants them to release their tax returns.

With I-735, Washington voters called for campaign reform, but Republicans in Congress unlikely to take action

Although I-735 passed, a constitutional amendment to control campaign contributions and spending isn’t right around the corner.

Sen. Patty Murray named No. 3 Senate Democrat

Sen. Patty Murray, who last week cruised to re-election to a fifth term, was elected deputy minority leader by the Democratic caucus Wednesday.

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.

Patty Murray heading back to Senate

Sen. Patty Murray headed to fifth Senate term, defeating Republican challenger Chris Vance

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.

Shawn Vestal: Chris Vance maintains his courage in bucking Trump, while Mike Crapo waffles

Time to redraw and rename the Crapo Line, after the guy who really deserved it all along: Chris Vance.

Elway Poll: Advantage Clinton, Inslee, most Dems

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

Murray, Vance meet in second Senate debate

Republican Chris Vance continued his criticism that Sen. Patty Murray is too much of an entrenched partisan to solve congressional deadlock as the two met Sunday evening in their second debate.

In Senate debate, incumbent Murray calls for respect, Vance says she’s part of a ‘broken’ system

Chris Vance accused Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., of contributing to a “broken” political system and said if elected he would bring a fresh perspective and work with both parties. Murray touted her 24-years in the Senate and urged respect amid one of the most contentious elections in memory.

Murray, McMorris Rodgers for Congress

The two congressional races on Spokane County ballots feature the 5th Congressional District and a U.S. Senate seat. U.S. Senate: You won’t see U.S. Sen. Patty Murray on TV pounding the partisan talking points and widening the divide. That doesn’t mean she isn’t partisan (she is a close adviser to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid), but it shows she has the temperament to keep the door open to negotiation and compromise. The popular narrative is that Congress is hopelessly gridlocked, but it’s only partly true.

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.

Senate candidate Chris Vance holding town hall Saturday

Republican Senate candidate to hold town hall meeting Saturday.