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U.S. Senator

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Patty Murray (D) 1,741,738 57.28%
Tiffany Smiley (R) 1,299,039 42.72%

* 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

Patty Murray

Party:
Democratic
Age:
72
City:
Seattle, Washington

Education: Received a bachelor's degree in physical education from Washington State University in 1972. 

Work experience: Worked as a preschool teacher.

Political experience: Served as Washington's U.S. Senator since 1993. Served as a state senator from 1989 to 1993. Served on the Shoreline School District Board from 1985 to 1989.

Family: Married to Rob Murray. Has two children.

Tiffany Smiley

Party:
Republican
Age:
41
City:
Richland, Washington

Education: Graduated from Pasco High School in 1989. Received a bachelor's of science in nursing from Whitworth University in 2004.

Work experience: Has been a veterans advocate since 2005. Worked as a triage nurse.

Political experience: None.

Family: Married to Scott Smiley. Three children.

Complete Coverage

Congress passes bipartisan bill to avert freight rail strike, rejects measure to give workers more paid sick leave

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Thursday passed a last-minute bill to force a deal between freight rail companies and labor unions, averting a potential strike that could have caused massive disruptions to the U.S. economy in the middle of the holiday season while rejecting a measure to give workers an extra week of paid sick leave.

Senate passes bill to guarantee same-sex, interracial marriage rights

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Tuesday passed legislation to guarantee the right to marry regardless of race or sex, as a dozen Republicans joined all 50 Democratic senators to enshrine in law a right that has previously been protected only by Supreme Court rulings that advocates fear could be overturned.

Cantwell, McMorris Rodgers at center of year-end push in Congress to protect kids online

WASHINGTON – A year-end push to pass bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting children online illustrates the vexing challenge Congress faces in regulating social media platforms – and offers a preview of the power two Washington lawmakers could have to rein in “Big Tech” next year.

Senate advances bipartisan bill to codify same-sex marriage rights

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Thursday cleared the way for historic legislation to enshrine federal protections for same-sex marriage after a dozen Republicans joined Democratic senators to back the bill, setting up a final vote when Congress returns from its Thanksgiving recess.

Spin Control: 2022 election almost over, but are lessons learned?

It’s a rare election that doesn’t impart important lessons, and this year’s was no exception.

Republicans edge toward House majority, but no ‘red wave’ as Democrats limit midterm losses

WASHINGTON – Republicans were inching closer to a majority in the House of Representatives as Election Day came to a close, but control of the Senate was still up in the air Tuesday night – likely to be decided in the coming days by a handful of tight races – as Democrats avoided the shellacking some had predicted.

Incumbent Sen. Patty Murray sails through to sixth term

The race quickly became one of the most expensive and closely watched in recent history. 

Tuesday’s election could bring a number of surprises. Here are some races to watch:

Ballots must be returned to a drop box or postmarked by 8 p.m. that day. For more information on where to vote, visit VoteWA.gov or your local county elections office. County auditors have encouraged voters to get their ballots in earlier rather than later to allow for quicker processing and faster results.

Most Americans want to end twice-yearly clock changes, but Congress can’t decide what to do with daylight saving time

WASHINGTON – The Senate is not known for moving quickly and taking bipartisan action on controversial issues, but that’s exactly what senators did in March when they passed a bill to make daylight saving time permanent.

We the People: Senate rules for filibuster up for debate. Here’s where Washington’s senators stand

Each week, The Spokesman-Review examines one question from the Naturalization Test immigrants must pass to become United States citizens.

Patty Murray has 5-percentage-point lead over Tiffany Smiley in KHQ-TV, Triton poll released Friday

The poll, conducted Wednesday and Thursday with 506 respondents by Oregon-based polling firm Triton Polling & Research, found 50.6% of respondents favored Murray, the Democrat, to 45.4% support for Smiley, the Republican. The results fell within the poll’s +/- 4.4% margin of error, and 3.9% of respondents said they were undecided.

Murray and Smiley debate: Hanford

Sen. Patty Murray and her opponent in the November election, Tiffany Smiley, respond to a question about the cleanup efforts at Hanford at a debate hosted by The Spokesman-Review, the League of Women Voters and KSPS at Gonzaga University on Oct. 23, 2022.

Murray and Smiley debate: Snake River dams

Sen. Patty Murray and her opponent in the November election, Tiffany Smiley, respond to a question about the Snake River dams at a debate hosted by The Spokesman-Review, the League of Women Voters and KSPS at Gonzaga University on Oct. 23, 2022.

Full senate debate: Murray and Smiley

Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and her opponent in the November election, Republican Tiffany Smiley, participated in a one-hour debate on Oct. 23, 2022, in an event hosted by The Spokesman-Review, the League of Women Voters and KSPS at Gonzaga University. The debate was moderated by Spokesman-Review reporter Laurel Demkovich.

Murray and Smiley debate: Crime

Sen. Patty Murray and her opponent in the November election, Tiffany Smiley, respond to a question about crime at a debate hosted by The Spokesman-Review, the League of Women Voters and KSPS at Gonzaga University on Oct. 23, 2022.

Murray and Smiley debate: Inflation

Sen. Patty Murray and her opponent in the November election, Tiffany Smiley, respond to a question about inflation at a debate hosted by The Spokesman-Review, the League of Women Voters and KSPS at Gonzaga University on Oct. 23, 2022.

Key insights, remaining questions after Sunday’s U.S. Senate debate between Smiley and Murray

Between questions on inflation, climate change, the Snake River Dams and Hanford, the candidates hoping to represent Washington in the U.S. Senate next year gave some answers while dodging a number of others. 

King County adds email, text ballot tracker ahead of WA election

King County’s 1.4 million voters will be able to get email or text alerts to keep them updated on whether their ballot has arrived and when it’s been counted.

Murray and Smiley debate: Abortion

Sen. Patty Murray and her opponent in the November election, Tiffany Smiley, respond to a question about abortion at a debate hosted by The Spokesman-Review, the League of Women Voters and KSPS at Gonzaga University on Oct. 23, 2022.

Murray and Smiley debate: Ukraine

Sen. Patty Murray and her opponent in the November election, Tiffany Smiley, respond to a question about Ukraine at a debate hosted by The Spokesman-Review, the League of Women Voters and KSPS at Gonzaga University on Oct. 23, 2022.