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U.S. Senator

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Patty Murray (D) 978,506 52.63%
Tiffany Smiley (R) 622,814 33.50%
Leon Lawson (T) 56,315 3.03%
John Guenther (R) 53,158 2.86%
Ravin Pierre (D) 21,267 1.14%
Dave Saulibio (J) 18,556 1%
Naz Paul (I) 18,075 0.97%
Bill Hirt (R) 14,774 0.79%
Mohammad Hassan Said (D) 13,414 0.72%
Henry Clay Dennison (S) 13,318 0.72%
Dr. Pano Churchill (D) 11,390 0.61%
Bryan Solstin (D) 9,263 0.50%
Charlie (Chuck) Jackson (I) 8,262 0.44%
Jon Butler (I) 5,185 0.28%
Thor Amundson (I) 4,937 0.27%
Martin D. Hash (U) 4,547 0.24%
Dan Phan Doan (U) 2,931 0.16%
Sam Cusmir (D) 2,587 0.14%

* 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:
71
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.

Leon Lawson

Party:
Trump Republican Party

John Guenther

Party:
Republican

Ravin Pierre

Party:
Democratic

Dave Saulibio

Party:
JFK Republican Party
Age:
74
City:
Colbert, WA

Education: Attended high school in Hawaii. Earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Chaminade University of Honolulu in 1970. Earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Washington in 1978.

Work experience: Enlisted in the Army in 1970. Discharged as a captain. Worked for 23 years at Boeing in human resources and production.

Political experience: First run for public office. 

Family: Married. Three children and eight grandchildren. 

Naz Paul

Party:
Independent

Bill Hirt

Party:
Republican
Age:
83
City:
Bellevue, WA

Education: Master of Science from Iowa State University

Work experience: Boeing engineer from 1962-1998.

Political experience: Ran twice unsuccessfully for state House in 48th District.

Family: Married, two daughters

Mohammad Hassan Said

Party:
Democratic

Henry Clay Dennison

Party:
Socialist Worker Party

Dr. Pano Churchill

Party:
Democratic
Age:
61
City:
Seattle, WA

Education: B.A. University of Washington, two Ph.D.s from Oxford University

Political experience: First run for office

Work experience: Venture capitalist, concentrating on biotechnology, researcher in life sciences.

Family: Divorced, two children

Bryan Solstin

Party:
Democratic

Charlie (Chuck) Jackson

Party:
Independent
Age:
60
City:
Anacortes, WA

Education: “School of hard knocks”

Political experience: Ran for U.S. Senate in 2012 as Republican

Work experience: Ship engineer on many different kinds of vessels, licensed by U.S. Coast Guard

Family: Divorced

Jon Butler

Party:
Independent
City:
Edgewood, WA

Thor Amundson

Party:
Independent
Age:
62
City:
Olympia, WA

Education: Graduate of Eisenhower High School, Yakima

Political experience: Ran for U.S. Senate in 1998, U.S. House in 2002

Work experience: Carpenter

Family: Single 

Martin D. Hash

Party:
Unaffiliated

Dan Phan Doan

Party:
Unaffiliated

Sam Cusmir

Party:
Democratic

Complete Coverage

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