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Washington’s 2020 presidential election starts in January and ends in December

For the first time in state history, Washington voters of both major parties will cast ballots in a presidential primary that will help select the two party’s nominees.


UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019

Inslee signs bill moving up presidential primary and forcing voters to declare parties

Gov. Jay Inslee signs presidential primary law.


Spin Control: Washington Democrats may not use presidential primary to award delegates

Legislative Democrats change Washington presidential primary so the results can be used to pick the nominee. Will state party use it?


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019

Washington presidential primary heads to March

The Washington House sends Gov. Jay Inslee a bill to change Washington’s presidential primary to March and require voters declare their party affiliation.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019

Voters would have to declare party to vote in Washington’s 2020 presidential primary under bill passed by Senate

Senate passes bill for a presidential primary in March, but only party members would get to vote.


Primary choice: Satisfy independent voters or national Democrats

Proposals to change the state’s presidential primary system likely to leave some group unhappy.


Oregon official seeks presidential primary date change

Oregon’s secretary of state is asking lawmakers to move Oregon’s presidential election primary two months forward to March, so Oregonians can have a greater say on who the nominees will …


Senate votes to move the Washington presidential primary to early March

Senate votes to move up Washington’s presidential primary to early March.


Move up Washington’s presidential primary

Holding the vote earlier would boost participation and relevance. Candidates would have to study up on Northwest issues such as the Hanford cleanup, dams, Pacific Rim trade, forest health and …


Wyman pushing for earlier Washington presidential primary

Secretary of State Kim Wyman is again asking lawmakers to move Washington’s presidential primary from May to March. Wyman said Tuesday she is seeking the earlier date so the state …


2016, through the rear-view mirror

March 25. Headline on primary endorsement editorial was “Kasich and Clinton only moderates left standing.”


Fillon wins France’s conservative presidential primary

Francois Fillon won France’s first-ever conservative presidential primary Sunday after promising drastic free-market reforms and a crackdown on immigration and Islamic extremism, beating a more moderate rival who had warned …


France’s Fillon leading in conservative presidential primary

France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy has conceded defeat in the race to choose the conservative nominee for next year’s presidential election. Ex-prime ministers Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe both outpolled …


Johnson makes his pitch for presidency

“Most people are Libertarian,” Johnson told us. “It’s just that they don’t know it.” That pithy line is a grabber, especially since they come across as decent fellows.


Editorial: Grant greater primary participation

Voters crave participation in presidential primaries, but if the parties won’t give in and make it more meaningful, they they should pick up the entire cost of selecting their nominees


Spin Control: Call to cancel Washington’s presidential primary came too late

Calling for cancellation of the presidential primary may sound good, but it wouldn’t be legal.


Kim Wyman: Easy to be heard on presidential primary

I am concerned that new voters, especially our millennials, will walk away from “the system” rather than begin a lifetime of voting and civic engagement.


Kathleen Parker: Man Card is only one Trump can play

If Trump were a woman, not only would he not get 5 percent of the vote, he’d be tarred, feathered, branded and ridden out of town backward on a donkey.


Get registered for presidential primary

The presidential primary is different from the “Top Two” primary that has been in place for several years for local, county, state and federal races, and in which voters may …


Editorial: Regional primary moves action to West Coast

The first step would be for the Legislature to move Washington’s primary to a spot such as early March. he second would be to convince other states in the region …


Electorates in Washington and Idaho differ by race and income from U.S.

Washington’s voting age population is whiter and richer than the nation as a whole. Idaho’s whiter and poorer.


Michael Gerson: No easy way to make peace with Trump

As one Republican friend wrote me of Trump: “He would destroy everything Hillary Clinton would destroy, plus one more thing: the Republican Party.”


Idaho school levies share ballot with presidential primary picks

Three North Idaho school districts hope voters of all stripes head to the polls Tuesday, the day Republicans in the state hold their presidential primary. All three districts have a …


Spin Control: Future dim for on-again, off-again presidential primaries

Next year’s state presidential primary may be on life support after a meeting last week in which Democrats blocked an effort to move it from late May to sometime in …


FACT CHECK: Truth vs. exaggeration in GOP presidential debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 10 Republican presidential hopefuls who took to the stage for their first debate in Cleveland faced a daunting task in distinguishing themselves among a sprawling field …


Trump: ‘I don’t recognize’ insults of women

WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he can’t recall specifics of insulting women, though news reports paint a long history of him comparing women to animals.


Editorial: No need to reinstate meaningless primary

This week’s parade of candidates to the Spokane County Auditor’s Office to file for ballot positions in the forthcoming primary election still seems a little rushed after so many years …


Editorial: Cutting presidential primary makes sense

Even in a hearty economy, writing a state budget demands prioritization. This year it’s more like triage. So when Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed and Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed …


Voter registration deadline looms for Washington presidential primary

Washington residents who aren’t registered to vote but are hoping to cast a ballot in the state’s Feb. 19 presidential primary have until Saturday to sign up one of three …


Earlier primary supported by Reed

Washington could join about two dozen other states with a Feb. 5 presidential primary next year. Secretary of State Sam Reed, the chief elections officer, said Monday he will recommend …