Incumbent Murray takes commanding lead over Smiley in U.S. Senate race

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PASCO, Wash. — Early returns from Election night in Washington state show that the incumbent U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) has taken a commanding lead over her challenger, Tiffany Smiley (R-WA).

Smiley, a native of Pasco, dominated the Eastern side of the state including 65.43% of votes in Benton County and 65.25% of votes in Yakima County. At the time this story is being published, Franklin County and Walla Walla County have not submitted their first wave of votes.

U.S. Senator for Washington State

Patty MurrayTiffany Smiley
  • Patty Murray *WinnerD 56.3%
    1,284,473
  • Tiffany Smiley  R 43.7%
    995,823
* Incumbent
2,280,296
Last updated:

U.S. Representative for WA Congressional District No. 4

Dan NewhouseDoug White
  • Dan Newhouse *WinnerR 68.6%
    109,748
  • Doug White  D 31.4%
    50,218
* Incumbent
159,966
Last updated:

U.S. Representative for WA Congressional District No. 5

Cathy McMorris RodgersNatasha Hill
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers *WinnerR 59.6%
    148,733
  • Natasha Hill  D 40.4%
    100,968
* Incumbent
249,701
Last updated:

U.S. Representative for WA Congressional District No. 8

Kim SchrierMatt Larkin
  • Kim Schrier *WinnerD 52.1%
    132,862
  • Matt Larkin  R 47.9%
    121,955
* Incumbent
254,817
Last updated:

Benton & Franklin Counties Superior Court — Judge Pos. 4

Norma RodriguezGeorge F. Cicotte
  • Norma Rodriguez * NP 56.4%
    31,689
  • George F. Cicotte  NP 43.6%
    24,490
* Incumbent
56,179
Last updated:

Benton County Commissioner — District No. 2

Michael AlvarezWilliam 'Bill' Jenkins
  • Michael Alvarez  R 66.7%
    32,922
  • William 'Bill' Jenkins  R 33.3%
    16,461
49,383
Last updated:

Benton County Prosecuting Attorney

  • Eric Eisinger  R 50.7%
    25,532
  • Ryan Lukson  R 49.3%
    24,864
50,396
Last updated:

City of Prosser Prop. 1: Police Station & City Hall Bonds

Voters decide on whether to accept the City Council's ordinance to issue $16.8 million in bonds to replace City Hall & the Prosser police station.

  • No, this proposition should not be approved   86.6%
    1,152
  • Yes, this proposition should be approved   13.4%
    179
Last updated:

City of Selah Prop. 1: Bonds to Construct Law and Justice Center

Vote to finalize City ordinance and secure bonds for a new Law and Justice Center in Selah.

  • Approved   51.1%
    763
  • Rejected   48.9%
    729
Last updated:

Columbia School District 400, Prop. 1

Capital Levy for Safety, Security and Infrastructure Improvements

  • Levy — No   57.6%
    300
  • Levy — Yes   42.4%
    221
Last updated:

East Valley School District 90, Prop. No. 1: Capital Levy to Expand East Valley Central Middle School Commons

Voters decide to impose tax levy in order to relieve overcrowding at East Valley Central Middle School Commons.

  • Levy - No   50.3%
    2,170
  • Levy - Yes   49.7%
    2,146
Last updated:

Franklin County Commissioner — District No. 3

Clint DidierRick Miller
  • Clint Didier * R 55.0%
    9,440
  • Rick Miller  R 45.0%
    7,718
* Incumbent
17,158
Last updated:

Franklin County District Court Judge

Trinity OroscoCarlos D. Villarreal
  • Trinity Orosco  NP 64.2%
    10,859
  • Carlos D. Villarreal  NP 35.8%
    6,045
16,904
Last updated:

Franklin County Sheriff

J.D. RaymondChris Turner
  • J.D. Raymond * R 73.8%
    12,253
  • Chris Turner  R 26.2%
    4,355
* Incumbent
16,608
Last updated:

Kittitas County Auditor

Bryan ElliottJerry Pettit
  • Bryan Elliott  R 54.3%
    7,806
  • Jerry Pettit * D 45.7%
    6,574
* Incumbent
14,380
Last updated:

Kittitas County Clerk

  • Karen Bowen  R 62.8%
    7,230
  • Brian Cullinane  R 37.2%
    4,282
11,512
Last updated:

Kittitas County Coroner

Nicholas 'Nick' HendersonDeborah A. Robinson
  • Nicholas 'Nick' Henderson * R 59.7%
    8,073
  • Deborah A. Robinson  I 40.3%
    5,460
* Incumbent
13,533
Last updated:

Kittitas County Hospital District 2, Prop. No. 1: Permanent Emergency Medical Services Levy

Voters decide on whether to impose permanent levy for emergency services.

  • Yes   55.4%
    1,970
  • No   44.6%
    1,584
Last updated:

Kittitas County Hospital District 2, Prop. No. 2: Levy Lid Lift for Health Care Services

Voters decide whether to provide additional funds for health & emergency services through property taxes.

  • Rejected   50.4%
    1,784
  • Approved   49.6%
    1,754
Last updated:

Kittitas County Upper District Court Judge

Craig JurisEileen Murphy Young
  • Craig Juris  NP 52.5%
    1,823
  • Eileen Murphy Young  NP 47.5%
    1,652
3,475
Last updated:

Mabton School District 120, Prop. No. 1: Bonds to Improve Safety and Expand and Renovate Mabton Junior/Senior High School

Voters decide to improve Mabton Junior/Senior High School by securing bonds.

  • Rejected   53.1%
    104
  • Approved   46.9%
    92
Last updated:

Prescott Joint Park and Recreation District Prop. 1

Maintenance & Operation Excess Levy

  • Levy — Yes   67.0%
    71
  • Levy — No   33.0%
    35
Last updated:

Union Gap School District 2, Prop. No. 1: Bonds to Improve Safety and Construct School Facilities

Voters decide whether to approve $9.65 million bond to improve school infrastructure and safety

  • Approved   53.7%
    232
  • Rejected   46.3%
    200
Last updated:

Walla Walla County Auditor

Karen MartinMarjorie Denton Sanborn
  • Karen Martin * D 68.1%
    5,765
  • Marjorie Denton Sanborn  D 31.9%
    2,695
* Incumbent
8,460
Last updated:

Walla Walla County County Commissioner — District No. 3

Gunner FulmerDarren Z. Goble
  • Gunner Fulmer  R 53.7%
    3,337
  • Darren Z. Goble  R 46.3%
    2,877
6,214
Last updated:

Walla Walla County Prop. 1: Amendment of Juvenile Detention Sales and Use Tax

Voters decide whether the Board of Commissioners can spend funds from a Juvenile detention tax.

  • Yes   56.5%
    4,635
  • No   43.5%
    3,571
Last updated:

Walla Walla County Prosecuting Attorney

Gabriel E. AcostaMichelle Morales
  • Gabriel E. Acosta  R 62.6%
    5,289
  • Michelle Morales  D 37.4%
    3,161
8,450
Last updated:

Washington Advisory Vote 39: Aircraft Fuel Tax Increase

Voters decide whether to uphold a statewide tax increase on aircraft fuel.

  • Repeal   59.4%
    1,103,479
  • Maintain   40.6%
    754,675
Last updated:

Washington Advisory Vote 40: Transportation Network Companies Tax

Voters decide whether to uphold taxes on transportation companies such as ride-sharing services.

  • Repeal   53.1%
    979,269
  • Maintain   46.9%
    866,623
Last updated:

Washington Secretary of State

Steve HobbsJulie Anderson
  • Steve Hobbs * D 51.5%
    941,089
  • Julie Anderson  NP 48.5%
    887,719
* Incumbent
1,828,808
Last updated:

Washington State Representative — District 14, Pos. 1

Chris CorryLaurene Contreras
  • Chris Corry * D 69.8%
    16,412
  • Laurene Contreras  NP 30.2%
    7,117
* Incumbent
23,529
Last updated:

Washington State Representative — District 14, Pos. 2

Gina MosbruckerLiz Hallock
  • Gina Mosbrucker * R 69.8%
    16,485
  • Liz Hallock  NP 30.2%
    7,143
* Incumbent
23,628
Last updated:

Washington State Representative — District 16, Pos. 1

  • Mark Klicker * R 69.8%
    17,855
  • Jeff Strickler  D 30.2%
    7,723
* Incumbent
25,578
Last updated:

Washington State Representative — District 16, Pos. 2

Skyler RudeJan Corn
  • Skyler Rude * R 72.1%
    18,397
  • Jan Corn  D 27.9%
    7,115
* Incumbent
25,512
Last updated:

Washington State Representative — District 8, Pos. 1

Stephanie BarnardPatrick Guettner
  • Stephanie Barnard  R 74.5%
    24,832
  • Patrick Guettner  R 25.5%
    8,491
33,323
Last updated:

Washington State Representative — District 8, Pos. 2

April ConnorsJoe Cotta
  • April Connors  R 56.8%
    19,415
  • Joe Cotta  R 43.2%
    14,784
34,199
Last updated:

Washington State Senator — District 15

Nikki TorresLindsey Keesling
  • Nikki Torres  R 66.9%
    5,693
  • Lindsey Keesling  D 33.1%
    2,823
8,516
Last updated:

Washington State Senator — District 8

Matt BoehnkeRonni Batchelor
  • Matt Boehnke  R 73.0%
    27,112
  • Ronni Batchelor  I 27.0%
    10,052
37,164
Last updated:

Yakima County Clerk

Billie MaggardMischa Venables
  • Billie Maggard  R 59.3%
    20,389
  • Mischa Venables  R 40.7%
    14,018
34,407
Last updated:

Yakima County Commissioner — District No. 1

Amanda McKinneyAngie Girard
  • Amanda McKinney * R 68.9%
    16,490
  • Angie Girard  D 31.1%
    7,448
* Incumbent
23,938
Last updated:

Yakima County Commissioner — District No. 2

Kyle CurtisDulce Gutierrez
  • Kyle Curtis  R 58.7%
    5,808
  • Dulce Gutierrez  D 41.3%
    4,092
9,900
Last updated:

Yakima County Commissioner — District No. 3

LaDon LindeSteven Saunders
  • LaDon Linde * R 53.3%
    3,035
  • Steven Saunders  R 46.7%
    2,660
* Incumbent
5,695
Last updated:

Yakima County Coroner

James 'Jim' CurticeMarshall Slight
  • James 'Jim' Curtice * R 77.3%
    27,505
  • Marshall Slight  R 22.7%
    8,061
* Incumbent
35,566
Last updated:

Yakima County District Court Judge, Pos. 1

Gary HintzeWes Gano
  • Gary Hintze  NP 65.9%
    23,817
  • Wes Gano  NP 34.1%
    12,335
36,152
Last updated:

Yakima County Prop. 1: Emergency Medical Service Levies

Authorizing property tax levies through 2029 with funds going toward emergency medical services.

  • EMS Levy Authorization - Yes   72.4%
    29,152
  • EMS Levy Authorization - No   27.6%
    11,124
Last updated:

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Although the election is far from over, Sen. Murray seems poised to return to the U.S. Senate seat which she’s held since 1992. This would be her sixth term in office, where she has prioritized environmental and educational programs.

Sen. Murray is the Chair of the Senate Health Committee and has been the Senate Assistant Democratic Leader since 2017.

Smiley leaned hard into right-wing politics throughout her campaign but is also relatable to many voters because of her background. She grew up on a farm in Franklin County and began her career as a triage nurse. She has dedicated much of her life to volunteering on the behalf of veterans as her husband was blinded while serving the U.S. Army in Iraq.

Votes will be finalized in the coming days as final ballots and potential recounts complete the landscape in this U.S. Senate race.

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