The Capitol Record

Governor’s race too close to call

It looks like Washington may have to wait a few more days to find out who will be the state’s next governor.

Democrat Jay Inslee was leading Tuesday night 51.3 percent over Republican Rob McKenna with 48.7 percent with about 1.9 million ballots tallied.

McKenna told supporters at the Republican headquarters in Bellevue to be patient. McKenna said “it’ll be worth the wait” to see all the ballots tallied.

Inslee told supporters at the Democratic headquarters in Seattle that “we have elected a forward-looking governor” and he “intends to be that governor.”

Another race that remains neck-and-neck is Secretary of State. Republican Kim Wyman and Democrat Kathleen Drew have been trading leads all night. At the last count, Wyman was slightly ahead with 50.4 percent to 49.6 for Drew.

Of the ballot measures, marijuana legalization and two-thirds tax supermajority were both ahead by big margins of more than 10 percentage points.

But the charter schools initiative remained extremely close, 51. 2 percent “yes” to 48.8 percent “no.”

The same-sex marriage referendum was also close, but winning at 52-48 percent.


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