WA Primary Election: Inslee easily advances in gubernatorial primary

Democratic incumbent Washington Governor Jay Inslee easily advanced through Tuesday’s primary, and Republican police Chief Loren Culp took a strong lead over other Republican challengers who were vying to join Inslee on the November ballot.

In early returns Tuesday night, Inslee had 52 percent of the vote. Among Inslee’s Republican challengers, Culp, the police chief of Republic, had the largest share of early returns at nearly 17 percent, followed by Joshua Freed, the former mayor of Bothell, anti-tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman, Yakima doctor Raul Garcia and state Sen. Phil Fortunato, who all had less than 10 percent.

Washington 5th Congressional District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers collected more than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary and will advance to face Democrat Dave Wilson in November’s election.

McMorris Rodgers, a Republican, is seeking her ninth term in Congress.

Wilson garnered 24 percent of Tuesday’s primary votes.

Voters also weighed in on nine statewide elected offices, including attorney general, auditor and lands commissioner, with all of the Democratic incumbents advancing to the November ballot. The only two statewide positions held by Republicans — secretary of state and treasurer — are expected to be competitive in the fall. Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Democratic state Rep. Gael Tarleton both advanced to the November ballot, with Wyman at just over 50 percent and Tarleton with just under 45 percent.

Treasurer Duane Davidson and his Democratic challenger, state Rep. Mike Pellicciotti, are the only two candidates on the primary ballot and automatically advance to the general election, with Pellicciotti having captured 54 percent in early returns. (AP)

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