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State Auditor

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Pat (Patrice) McCarthy (D) 2,260,830 58.05%
Chris Leyba (R) 1,633,956 41.95%

* 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.

The Candidates

Pat (Patrice) McCarthy

Tacoma, Washington

Education: Graduated from San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno, California in 1972. Earned her bachelor's degree in international studies from the University of Washington in Tacoma in 1992.

Work experience: Former chief deputy auditor for Pierce County. Former administrator and adviser for the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the UW-Tacoma.

Political experience: Elected to State Auditor in 2016. Served as a Pierce County Executive from 2009 to 2016. Served as the Pierce County Auditor from 2003 to 2008. Served as the Tacoma School Director from 1987 to 1999.

Family: Married to John McCarthy. Has four children and 11 grandchildren.

Chris Leyba

Tacoma, Washington

Education: Graduated from Foothill High School in Henderson, Nevada in 2004. Earned his bachelor's degree in molecular biology in 2007. Currently finishing his master's degree in business administration from Washington State University.

Political Experience: Precinct committee officer in Pierce County.

Work Experience: Worked as a police officer for 11 years, including five years with the Seattle Police Department and five years with the King County Sheriff's Office.

Family: Married to Stephanie Leyba.

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