Jay Inslee leading in primary election results in nearly 70% of WA counties
Incumbent Jay Inslee led in Washington State's primary by winning the majority votes in 3/4 of the total counties in the state (27 out of 39 counties). In Tuesday’s count of votes, The Seattle Times reported that current Governor Inslee took 52% to lead the 36-candidate primary field. Culp received about 17%, with initiative sponsor Tim Eyman and former Bothell Mayor Joshua Freed at about 7% each. Yakima physician Raul Garcia took 5% and state Sen. Phil Fortunato, R-Auburn had about 4%. As of Thursday, thousands more ballots remain to be counted in the coming days. The top two vote recipients witch are likely Inslee and Culp will face off on the Nov. 3 general election.
Inslee, launched his third-term bid for governor after an unsuccessful, climate-change focused run for the Democratic presidential nomination. He is widely favored to win reelection for the governor's seat. The people of Washington have not elected a Republican governor since John Spellman in 1980. Inslee’s election-night vote share was up from his primary performance four years ago, when he received 49% of the vote in an 11-candidate field. He was running at 70% support in Tuesday’s vote count in King County.
The Times also reported that, In a statement on the results, Inslee thanked voters and pointed to “bold, progressive” policies passed during his time as governor, and said at such a pivotal time, “Washington state needs the opposite of “Trump-style chaos.” Culp, in a phone interview from his “Insubordinate Victory” election-night rally in Leavenworth, said many voters, including Democrats, are fed up with Inslee’s executive orders restricting businesses and requiring mask wearing during the COVID-19 pandemic.