Bellevue resident and State Attorney General Rob McKenna and former Congressman Jay Inslee have received the vast majority of the primary votes, which means the two will face off in November -- as expected.
McKenna trails Inslee in early statewide returns. King County's early returns showed Inslee leading by more than 20 percentage points and statewide Inslee was ahead by more than 35,000 votes as of 9 p.m. Tuesday.
King County tends to lean toward the Democratic Party, to which Inslee belongs, but McKenna is a longtime Bellevue resident who , and served as King County Councilmember for two terms.
The state has a top-two primary system, which means the two candidates with the most votes will proceed to the November general election no matter what party affiliation. Still, it is a major party showdown with McKenna, a Republican, and Inslee, a Democrat, facing off in the general election after receiving the vast majority of the votes in the primary.
McKenna and Inslee are facing off for the seat that will be vacated by Chris Gregoire, which is retiring after serving as Governor for eight years.
This story will be updated with reaction and updated returns.
Washington Secretary of State Results 9 p.m.Governor County Results & Map CandidateVoteVote % Rob Hill (Prefers Democratic Party) 32,357 4% Rob McKenna (Prefers Republican Party) 347,566 42.93% Jay Inslee (Prefers Democratic Party) 378,679 46.78% James White (Prefers Independent Party) 9,279 1.15% Christian Joubert (States No Party Preference) 6,424 0.79% Shahram Hadian Prefers Republican Party) 19,289 2.38% L. Dale Sorgen (Prefers Independent Party) 5,643 0.7% Max Sampson (Prefers Republican Party) 6,109 0.75% Javier O. Lopez (Prefers Republican Party) 4,226 0.52% Total Votes 809,572 100%
King County Results
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Republican Governor's Association Statement on Washington Gubernatorial Primary
Governor Bob McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, issued the following statement on Attorney General Rob McKenna advancing from the primary to face Congressman Jay Inslee in the general election for governor:
“Since the beginning of his campaign, Rob McKenna has been laser-focused on winning the general election, and today’s results are a key step towards achieving that goal. Now, Rob will be able to begin consolidating his support while continuing to reach out to independent voters who recognize that his ideas to strengthen the economy, increase the number of well-paying jobs and reform education are exactly what Washington needs. Rob is strongly positioned to win in November.”
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