Washington voters weigh in on dozens of state primary races

by HomeDecorBeauty

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Press and hold.Move Tuesday 8 August 2 as Election Day Reduction

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

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

A key race in Tuesday’s election is the 8th Congressional District race, in which incumbent Rep. Kim Schrier, a Democrat, faces several opponents looking to retake the district for the Republicans, who held out until Schrier was first elected two years ago. . Of the 10 candidates challenging her, three Republicans made the most donations: Army veteran Jesse Jensen, who lost his 2020 campaign against Schreier; King County Councilman Reagan Dunn ), a former federal prosecutor whose mother held the seat; and former state attorney general candidate Matt Larkin.

Nine other U.S. House seats are also contested in the primary, with incumbents seeking re-election. Two of them are of particular national concern as the incumbent faces a bipartisan challenge for voting to impeach former President Trump following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump thugs who backed the president to roll back his 2020 policy election.

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of the 3rd Congressional District faces several Republican opponents as she seeks a seventh term, including Joe Kent, a Trump-backed former Green Beret, and Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez. Rep. Dan New House, a four-term congressman, has also attracted a Trump-sanctioned challenger. Former small-town police chief Loren Culp, who lost the 2020 gubernatorial race to Democrat Jay Inslee, refused to admit that he won Trump’s support in February but has been on the fundraising front. behind. Jerrod Sessler, a Navy veteran and former NASCAR driver, raised the most money among challengers, followed by Democrat Doug White.

The only races statewide are for the U.S. Senate and Secretary of State.

Democratic Sen. Patty Murray faces more than a dozen primary candidates as she seeks a sixth term, but is expected to advance along with Republican Tiffany Smiley, who is in Pascoe, Washington first-time political candidate.

Democratic Secretary of State Steve Hobbs, who was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee last November, faces several challengers as he seeks to overthrow former Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman. continue to hold the position for the remaining two years of the four-year term. There are multiple Republicans in the race, but the challenger who has raised the most money is Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, who is running as an independent. Among Republicans in the race, former Sen. Mark Milosia, who is now director of the conservative Family Policy Institute, has the highest stakes among Republican candidates. Republican Senator Keith Wagner has the backing of former Republican Secretary of State Sam Reed. “America First” candidate Tamborine Borrelli was fined by the state Supreme Court in June for making legally baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud.

All 98 seats in the House of Representatives are up for election, as are 25 of the 49 Senate seats, several of which are expected to be competitive in November. But more than half of the primaries offered no real competition at all. In a total of 123 legislative races, 29 incumbents ran unopposed. Of the 42 seats, only two candidates are contesting, and they will both automatically enter the November ballot under the state’s primary system, in which the top two winners of each race advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation.

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

While voters began receiving their state primary ballots by mail a few weeks ago, Tuesday was the last day for voters to drop in or postmark their ballots. In some of the more competitive races, the results may not be known for several days, as most counties update vote counts only once a day.

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