Local Politics

Voter turnout in Washington hit 84.1%, just shy of record

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — There were a record number of voters participating in this month’s election, but the overall turnout percentage fell just shy of the record 84.6% set in 2008. While 84.8% of the state’s nearly 4.9 million voters…

Rep. Newhouse says he has COVID-19

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Rep. Dan Newhouse announced Wednesday he has tested positive for COVID-19. The Republican representative for Washington's 4th Congressional District told his constituents about his positive test via Twitter: I began to feel a little run down…

Secretary of State Kim Wyman wins 3rd term in Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Secretary of State Kim Wyman has been reelected to a third term, continuing a more than five-decade trend of Republicans holding that office and becoming the lone statewide elected Republican on the West Coast. With nearly…

Republicans poised to lose one of two statewide offices

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republicans only hold two statewide elected positions in Washington state, and that is likely to soon be down to just one. Incumbent Secretary of State Kim Wyman appeared to be holding off Democratic state Rep. Gael…

Washington passes 1st voter-approved sex ed mandate in US

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state voters approved a sex education referendum, allowing Democrats' wide-ranging mandate for public schools to stand and take effect later this school year. FIND MORE ELECTION NEWS HERE. Referendum 90 was Washington’s only statewide ballot measure…

"Historic re-election": Jay Inslee releases statement

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Gov. Jay Inslee (D) has released a statement claiming victory in the 2020 gubernatorial race. From the Office of the Governor at 9:23 p.m.: Inslee statement on historic re-election Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement tonight as…

AP: Jay Inslee wins 3rd term as Washington governor

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee has been elected to a third term in Washington state, beating Republican challenger Loren Culp, the Associated Press projected at 8:01 p.m. RELATED: “Historic re-election”: Jay Inslee releases statement As of 8:20 p.m.,…