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posted Friday, August 10 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 32
LGBT candidates smiling after primary
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LGBT candidates smiling after primary

Despite threats, NOM was not a factor

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Most Gay and Lesbian candidates had reason to smile after the August 7 primary. Some might have cheered.

State Representatives Marko Liias (D-21) and Dave Upthegrove (D-33) were unopposed in the primary. Their names will appear on the November ballot, but they will be re-elected.

Rep. Jamie Pedersen (D-43) might as well have been unopposed. He took more than 91% of the vote against Trotskyist Kshama Sawant. Since the top two vote-getters advance to the general election (even if one wins a majority), Sawant will have an opportunity to increase her vote total in November. Pedersen's 43rd District Senate colleague, Ed Murray, was not up for re-election this year.

Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-29) took almost 75% of the vote in her first re-election campaign, and will face Republican Steven T. Cook in November.

Rep. Jim Moeller (D-49) won almost 58% of the vote against Republican Carolyn Crain, and will face her again on the November ballot.

As this newspaper goes to press, Elizabeth Berns, a candidate for King County Superior Court position 25, is falling just short of the majority she needs to win election in the primary, with 49.73% of the vote in a field of three candidates. Unless her proportion of the vote increases as late ballots are counted, she will face Roger Davidheiser in November.

Only Port Commissioner Rob Holland failed to advance to the November ballot in his first try for a legislative seat. Holland took less than 10% of the vote in his race for 11th District position 2.

PRO-LGBT REPUBLICANS SURVIVE
In spite of threats by NOM to pour money into primary challenges against Republicans who support marriage equality, the two GOP legislators who voted for the Marriage Equality Act and were up for re-election both survived their primaries and will move on to the general election in November.

Rep. Maureen Walsh (R-16) won 63.15% of the vote against fellow Republican - and equality opponent - Mary Ruth Edwards. There were no Democratic candidates for this position, so she will face Edwards again in November.

Sen. Steve Litzow (D-41) had no Republican challenger, and will face off against Democrat Maureen Judge in November.

Rep. Glenn Anderson (R-5), who joined Walsh in voting for marriage equality, ran for lieutenant governor as an 'Independent Republican' and came in third, with almost 18% of the vote.

Senators Andy Hill (R-45) and Joe Fain (R-47) were not up for re-election this year.

Sen. Cheryl Pflug (R-5), the one pro-equality Republican who was considered vulnerable this year, decided to accept appointment to the Washington Growth Management Hearings Board rather than run for re-election. Her decision may give Democrats an opportunity to capture a long-time Republican Senate seat - Democrat Mark Mullet took almost 53% of the vote against Republican Brad Toft. Mullet and Toft will appear again on the November ballot.

Pflug recently starred in a pro-marriage TV commercial sponsored by the Pride Foundation. 'As a Republican, I believe in freedom,' she says in the ad, 'including the freedom to marry.'

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