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posted Friday, August 10, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 32
Primary election results: Big trouble for Republicans
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Primary election results: Big trouble for Republicans

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The 2018 primary election results spell big trouble for Republicans, who stand to lose as many as three congressional seats in the Washington State delegation, and perhaps four state Senate seats.

Meanwhile, LGBT legislators fared well in their races, with all looking like safe bets for re-election.

'Democrats should be ecstatic about tonight's results,' state Democratic Party Chair Tina Podlodowski said. 'We're proving that running in every race in every place is a winning strategy.

'We're also talking about two things quite a bit: jobs and health care... We should find a way to get universal health care covered - I think we have an opportunity to do that in Washington state with a serious Democratic majority.'

Congressional seats
In the 3rd Congressional District, Republican incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler pulled in a lackluster 41% of the vote, with the five Democrats vying for her seat collectively getting just over 50%. Herrera Beutler will face off against Democrat Carolyn Long, a political science professor at Washington State University's Vancouver campus, on the November ballot.

In an even more astonishing outcome, Republican incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers, number four in the Republican congressional leadership hierarchy, led Democrat Lisa Brown by a pathetic one-half of one percentage point (47.5% to 47%), in the 5th Congressional District.

Brown served as state Senate Majority Leader from 2005 through January 2013, when she retired from the legislature after Republican-turned-Democrat-turned-opportunist Rodney Tom gave Republicans the majority in order to take over as Majority Leader.

In the 8th Congressional District, running for the seat vacated by retiring Republican Rep. Dave Reichert, Republican Dino Rossi came in first with 43% of the vote. On the other side, Democratic candidates pulled in about 50% of the votes.

Rossi - best known for his unsuccessful runs for governor and US senator - will likely face Dr. Kim Schrier in November. Schrier, the number two vote-getter, leads number three Jason Rittereiser by 1,369 votes as of August 8.

State Senate
Things look just as good for Democrats in the state Senate, where they could pick up four seats and consolidate their majority.

In the Spokane-area 6th Legislative District race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Michael Baumgartner, Democrat Jessa Lewis had 51%, with Jeff Holy, currently a state representative from the 6th District, at 49%.

In the 26th District on the Kitsap Peninsula, Democrat Emily Randall led Republican Marty McClendon 51% to 45%.

In the 30th District in Federal Way, anti-LGBT and anti-choice Republican incumbent Mark Miloscia had about 48.5% of the vote. He will face off against Democrat Claire Wilson in November. In the 42nd District north of Bellingham, incumbent Republican Sen. Doug Ericksen got only 46% of the votes, with Democrats Pinky Vargas at 29% and Tim Ballew at 25% as of August 8. Both Republican House members in that district also trailed their Democratic challengers.

LGBT candidates
LGBT incumbents - all Democrats - fared well in the primary and are all likely to win re-election in November.

State Sen. Marko Liias, in the 21st Legislative District, pulled in just shy of 50% of the votes running against three opponents. His closest challenger, Republican Mario Lionel Lottmore, drew somewhat more than 30%.

In the 43rd District, Sen. Jamie Pedersen won more than 89% of the votes, running against a token Republican challenger, Dan Harder.

On the state House side, Rep. Laurie Jinkins pulled in almost 73% of the vote in her Tacoma-area 27th District. In the 28th District, Representative Christine Kilduff won more than 59% of the votes.

In the 43rd District, Rep. Nicole Macri did even better than Pedersen, with a massive 89.58% of the vote.

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