The Capitol Record

Regan Dunn concedes in AG race, but other races remain close in latest tally

Regan Dunn

The latest batch of updated election results show Democrat Jay Inslee holding onto a slight lead over Republican Rob McKenna in the race for governor, 51-49 percent.

Inslee was ahead by about 48,500 votes as of 10 p.m. on Wednesday evening. An estimated 1 million ballots remain outstanding, with updated numbers expected to trickle in over the next few days.

In other close races, Republican Kim Wyman is leading in the race for Secretary of State by about 25,000 votes over Democrat Kathleen Drew.

Of the ballot measures, the Initiative 1240, the charter school initiative, was winning by a close margin of 51-49 percent.

The same-sex marriage measure, Referendum 74, also maintained its lead with 52 percent, and supporters have already declared victory.

In close state legislative races, Republican Sen. Don Benton of Vancouver was 102 votes behind Democrat Rep. Tim Probst.

Democratic Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, appears to be losing to Republican Rep. Barbara Bailey by about 3,000 votes, or 53-47 percent.

Reagan Dunn

Republican Regan Dunn conceded Thursday to Democrat Bob Ferguson in the race for Attorney General, sending out a statement saying that he believes Washington will be “well-served” by Ferguson.

“I will miss Bob’s service on the King County Council and look forward to working with him as he heads to Olympia,” Dunn said.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Brad Owen has won re-election. Republican challenger Bill Finkbeiner conceded, telling the Seattle Times he has a “lot of respect for Brad.”

Democrat Suzan DelBene won the 1st Congressional District race, and Secretary of State Sam Reed sent a letter Wednesday clearing the way for Delbene to serve out the remainder of Inslee’s term in the old 1st Congressional District. DelBene will be sworn in by the U.S. House for session that begins on Tuesday.

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