Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Washington voters weigh in on dozens of state primary races

Washington voters weigh in on dozens of state primary races

Olympia, Wash. ( Associated Press) – hold hold. Tuesday is August. 2 as election day

The top two candidates for the US Senate seat, 10 races to Congress and the office of secretary of state will be decided by Washington voters in Tuesday’s primary.

Voters will also vote in dozens of legislative contests and local elections.

A key match in Tuesday’s election is the 8th Congressional District race, where the incumbent Democratic Rep. Kim Schreier faces a number of opponents hoping to recapture the district for the Republicans, who held it until Schreier was first elected two years earlier. Of the 10 candidates who challenged him, three Republicans contested the most: Army veteran Jesse Jensen, who failed against Shire in 2020; King County Council member Reagan Dunn, a former federal prosecutor whose mother once held the seat; and former state attorney general candidate Matt Larkin.

The other nine US House seats are also contested in the primary, with the incumbent seeking re-election. Two are of particular national focus as their votes to impeach former President Trump in the wake of an attack on the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob on January 6 have faced intrapartisan challenges, which have led to a reversal of 2020. supported the efforts of the President. Election.

In the Third Congressional District, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler faces several Republican opponents as he seeks a seventh term, including Joe Kent — a former Green Beret backed by Trump — and Democrat Mary Glusenkamp Perez. Dan Newhouse, a four-time congressman in the Fourth Congressional District, has also attracted a Trump-backed challenger. Lauren Culp, a former small-town police chief who lost the 2020 gubernatorial race to Democrat Jay Inslee but refused to budge, won Trump’s endorsement in February but lagged behind in fundraising. Jerrod Sessler, a Navy veteran and former NASCAR driver who has raised the most money among the challengers, is followed by Democrat Doug White.

The statewide races alone are for the US Senate and Secretary of State.

Democratic Sen. Patty Murray is facing more than a dozen primary candidates as she seeks a sixth term, but is expected to go ahead with Republican Tiffany Smiley, the first-time political nominee from Pasco, Washington.

Democratic Secretary of State Steve Hobbs — appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee last November — faces several challenges as he attempts to hang on to the remaining two years of former Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s four-year term in office. There are many Republicans in the race, but the challenger raising the most money is Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, who is running as a nonpartisan. In the Republican race, former Sen. Mark Milosia — who now heads the conservative Family Policy Institute — has made the most of the rise in Republican candidates. Republican Sen. Keith Wagner is endorsed by former Republican State of State Sam Reid. Tambourine Borelli – an “America First” candidate – was fined in June by the state’s Supreme Court for making legally unqualified claims alleging widespread voter fraud.

Elections are to be held for all 98 seats in the House, as are 25 of the 49 in the Senate, many of which are expected to be contested in November. But more than half of the primary ballots involve no real contest. Of the total 123 legislative races, 29 incumbents are running unopposed. Of the 42 seats, only two candidates are running, all of whom will automatically advance to November’s voting under the state’s primary system, with the top two in each race going forward to the general election, regardless of the party receiving the vote. grow.

Democrats currently have a 28-21 advantage in the Senate and 57-41 in the House.

While voters began receiving their state’s primary ballots in the mail weeks ago, Tuesday is the last day for voters to receive or postmark them for postal delivery. In some of the more competitive races, results may not be known for several days as most counties will update the vote count only once a day.

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