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McKenna To Face Inslee For Governor's Seat and Other Early State Executive Primary Results

An expected showdown between the former Democratic lawmaker and the Republican attorney general is all but a done deal. But the general election race for lieutenant governor and other seats remain an open question.

Surprising no one, voters will pick between Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna and former Democratic Congressman Jay Inslee in the Nov. 6 general election.

McKenna received 42.9 percent of the vote as of 9 p.m. Tuesday. Inslee pulled in 46.7 percent of the vote. The top two finishers in each race, regardless of party, will advance to the November election. 

In the early results for the rest of the statewide races:

Lt. Governor 

Current Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, a Democrat, held a dominant lead with 49 percent of the votes. The race to face him remained tight between Republicans Bill Finkbeiner (25 percent) and Glenn Anderson (18 percent).

Secretary of State

Republican Kim Wyman raced out to the front with 39.1 percent in early returns. The fight to face her remained close between Democrats Greg Nickels (16.1 percent) Kathleen Drew (21.5 percent) and Jim Kastama, (13.8 percent).

Attorney General

The race appears likely to be a showdown between Democrat Bob Ferguson (52.2 percent) and Republican Reagan Dunn (38.3 percent).

State Treasurer

As the only candidate, Jim McIntire enjoyed a cakewalk with 100 percent of the vote. 

State Auditor

Republican James Watkins enjoyed a comfortable lead with 45.2 percent of the vote. Democrats Craig Pridemore (20.3 percent) and Troy Kelley (24.1 percent) fought for the No. 2 spot. 

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Incumbent Randy I. Dorn held a dominant lead with 54.3 of the vote in the nonpartisan seat. Ronald Higgins (15.5 percent) and James Bauckman (14.6 percent) fought for a distant second.

But Dorn, by the time the final primary vote is tallied, could end up in the general election unopposed. The Superintendent of Public Instruction, along with judicial races are not affected by the "top two" guideline. So simply finishing the primary with 50 percent plus one vote effectively wins the seat. 

Commissioner of Public Lands

Democrat Peter Goldmark held a sizeable lead with 51.7 percent of the votes. He is likely to face Republican Clint Didier, who had 40.6 percent.

Insurance Commissioner

Democrat Mike Kreidler has pulled in 54.7 percent of the vote in the initial returns. Republicans John R. Adams (22.6 percent) and Scott Reilly (17.8 percent) fought for the right to face Kreidler in November.

Ken James August 11, 2012 at 04:18 PM
People who have more money, have more choices. That's the way it has always been and likely always will be. It's one of the reasons that ambitious poor people strive to move up the class chain. It's a fools errand to pretend that poor people will get all the benefits of wealth. People are confusing equal opportunity with equal rights. Incidentally, I wasn't suggesting that what I described was a 'solution,' but rather it was a prediction about the likely direction. You earlier described that a significant barrier to excellence in the classroom was the mix of healthy, well adjusted, able students and developmentally challenged, ill prepared, disruptive students. Necessarily, with this situation, the pace of education is slowed. The alternative is to recognize that and provide the best environment. For a variety of reasons, that is not accomplished in the public system... that's the primary reason that people choose charter schools or home schooling. If you have options, you pick the best for your child that you can afford. You seem to have a certain hostility to wealthy people. The fact is, despite the many loopholes they enjoy, the wealthy are paying the lion's share of the bills in this country. Wealth is not something to be scorned, it's to what most people aspire.
Ken James August 11, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I suspect you are correct, but with focus on the points of agreement, improvements can be achieved. If you let the differences end the discussion, changes are harder to implement.
Harborite August 11, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Could this be the future :o) http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10000872396390443659204577575001746476494-lMyQjAxMTAyMDEwMDAxODA3Wj.html?mod=wsj_valetleft_email
Ken James August 11, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Yes! I think that method has real promise. I think that the Gate's report had some recommendations and I believe the Gate's Foundation provided a grant to the Kahn Academy. There is info here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxJgPHM5NYI I'm not sure why I didn't remember this during the discussion with Gerard, but this platform could be leveraged to help level the playing field for students. All could have access to the same high quality education at a fraction of the cost of 'live' teaching. The tremendous savings could be used to tutor those who needed more help using a combination of traditional teaching and customized on-line lessons.
Teri September 07, 2012 at 05:37 AM
You're absolutely correct. The CATO Institute is Libertarian and biased.

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