Dear WROA Members:
While everyone knew that Americans were unhappy with the status quo in government, it seems that no one predicted the turn of events that lead to Donald Trump becoming the 45th President of the United States. When Election Day began yesterday, Hillary Clinton (D) needed to win just one of the US battleground states (Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania) and Trump needed to win every one of those states in order to win the presidency...and that is precisely what Trump went out and did.
Nationally, Trump led a Republican advance that leaves D.C. fully in control of Republicans. Both the House of Representatives and the US Senate appear to be controlled by Republicans after the election.
In Washington State, while things changed, they mostly stayed the same. Before the election yesterday Jay Inslee (D) was governor and the House was controlled by Democrats by 2 seats, and the Senate was controlled by a Republican Majority Coalition by 2 seats. With ballots still being counted and several races too close a call, it appears that Jay Inslee will remain as governor, the House will continue to be controlled by Democrats by slightly wider margin (4-6 seats), and the Senate appears to remain with Republican control by 1 seat. The race for the Senate hinges on the 17th District where Sen. Don Benton (R) retired leaving a vacant seat. Current House member Lynda Wilson (R) appears to have a lead over Democrat challenger Tim Probst (Lynda Wilson (R) 23,895 (54%) - Tim Probst (D) 20,305 (45%)) but many ballots remain to be counted. That means that we are likely to have a split legislature in 2017 as we have had for the past 4 years. The Washington Secretary of State has until Thursday, November 8 to certify the General Election.
One additional important thing to note is that with the sad and untimely passing of Sen. Andy Hill, Chair of Senate Ways and Means (R) who lost his battle with a recurrence of lung cancer (even though he never smoked a day in his life), there will be a special election next summer for his seat, and that election will determine the balance of power in the Washington State Senate. It is likely to be the most expensive race in Washington state history...surpassing the Jan Angel race a few years ago.
Below is a detailed breakdown of the races, election results, and number of votes as of this morning.
Statewide Election Results:
Governor Jay Inslee (D) - 56.26%
Lt. Governor - Cyrus Habib (D) - 55.79%
Secretary of State - Kim Wyman (R) - 53.17%
State Treasurer - Duane Davidson (R) - 58.61%
State Auditor - Pat McCarthy (D) - 53.99%
Attorney General - Bob Ferguson (D) - 69.18%
WA State Initiatives
Minimum Wage - Initiative 1433 (Approved 59.47%)
Key State Legislative Races
• Sen. Steve Litzow (R) - 45.3% to Lisa Wellman (D) - 54.7%
• Sen. Barbara Bailey (R) - 54.89% to Angie Homola (D) - 45.11%
• Rep. Lynda Wilson (R-17) - 54.06% to Tim Probst (D) - 45.94%
• Rep. Linda Kochmar (R-30) - 44.97% to Mike Pellicciotti (D) - 55.03%
• Rep. Teri Hickel (R-30) - 48.11% to Kristine Reeves (D) - 51.89%
• Rep. Jesse Young (R-26) - 55.4% to Larry Seaquist (D) 44.6%
• Candidate Phil Fortunato (R-31) - 57.31% to Lane Walthers (D) 42.69%
Total Votes to Date (not including write-ins): 37,130
We will provide you with further updates on the election. If you have any specific questions on a certain races, feel free to email me.
You can also find current election results on the Washington Secretary of State’s website. http://results.vote.wa.gov/results/current/
Chester Baldwin, Attorney at Law
Public Affairs of Washington, LLC
Cell: (360) 688-4588
Fax: (360) 841-7062