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PRIMARY RESULTS: GREGOIRE & ROSSI IN ANOTHER CLOSE MATCH
August 20, 2008




Dino Rossi campaigns recently in Snohomish parade. Seeks to be 2nd Republican governor elected since 1980 (Photo: R. Fav
(STATEWIDE & REGION) -- It appears as though it will be another very close race for governor of Washington State. The early returns in Tuesday's primary showed Democratic Governor Christine Gregoire and Republican Dino Rossi separated by only a few percentage points and a few thousand votes.

With about 20% of the votes counted statewide, Gregoire led Rossi by 48.3 percent to 45.8 percent with the remainder of votes spread among eight other candidates.

In Snohomish County Gregoire had a slightly larger lead of 50.6 percent to Rossi's 44.1 percent.

Rossi is attempting for the second time to become the first Republican elected governor in Washington State since 1980. In 2004 Gregoire and Rossi fought to the closest finish in state history. Gregoire won by 133 votes out of nearly 3 million votes cast.

In that contest Rossi was certified the winner after a machine recount of votes but Gregoire was later declared winner on a hand recount. Republicans contested the results but lost when a Chelan County Superior Court judge upheld Gregoire’s win.

In another rematch of previous challengers, Republican Congressman Dave Reichert will again compete against Democratic challenger Darcy Burner in the 8th Congressional District. Reichert had a slight edge in early returns.

In the hotly contested race for Washington State School Superintendent it would appear incumbent Terry Bergeson will face Randy Dorn in the general election in November.

Bergeson captured 42 percent of the vote to Dorn's 30 percent. Among Snohomish County voters Bergeson led Dorn by 37 percent to 33 percent.

In other races around the state, the contest for state treasurer is close. Current state Treasurer Mike Murphy is stepping down after three terms in office and has crossed party lines to endorse his top deputy, Republican Alan Martin.

Martin had nearly 44 percent of the vote in the early returns and Democratic state Representative Jim McIntire had close to 41 percent.

Democrat Chang Mook Sohn, who was the state's chief economist for more than twenty years, was trailing in third place with about 16 percent of the vote.

Republican Secretary of State Sam Reed and Democrat Jason Osgood advanced to face off in the general election. Reed got about 58 percent of the vote in the early going to Osgood’s 34 percent.

Elsewhere State Auditor Brian Sonntag and Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, both Democrats, advance to the general election.

Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna faced a Democratic challenger in Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg, and Republican Public Lands Commissioner Doug Sutherland went up against Democrat Peter Goldmark and all four will advance to the general election under the new “top two” election format.

Voters approved the top two primary in 2004 and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld it earlier this year. This year marks the first time since 2003 that voters are able to move back and forth along party lines as they pick a candidate for each office. The top two finishers advance to the general election on Nov. 4, regardless of party.

For 39th district Representative Position 1, Dan Kristiansen, Republican led Democrat Scott Olson 54% to 45%.

For 39th district Representative Position 2 Republican Kirk Pearson garnered 57.25% of the votes to Democrat David E. Personius’s 31.41%.

For 39th district state Senator Republican incumbent Val Stevens held a commanding 58% to 42% lead in votes over retired Washington State Patrol trooper and former Sultan Police Chief Fred Walser.





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