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ELECTION 98 MAIN | | REMOTE NAVIGATOR

WASHINGTON

Race Summary

Proposition 200    (7204 of 7315 precincts reporting)
Yes (I) * 59%     No (I) 41%    
Proposition 692    (7204 of 7315 precincts reporting)
Yes (I) * 59%     No (I) 41%    
Proposition 694    (7204 of 7315 precincts reporting)
Yes (I) 43%     No (I) * 57%    
Senate    (7204 of 7315 precincts reporting)
Murray (D) * 58%     Smith (R) 42%    
House 01    (831 of 831 precincts reporting)
Inslee (D) * 51%     White (R) 43%     Craswell (I) 6%    
House 02    (789 of 790 precincts reporting)
Cammermeyer (D) 45%     Metcalf (R) * 55%    
House 03    (812 of 812 precincts reporting)
Baird (D) * 55%     Benton (R) 45%    
House 04    (820 of 821 precincts reporting)
Pross (D) 25%     Hastings (R) * 69%    
House 05    (722 of 728 precincts reporting)
Lyons (D) 39%     Nethercutt (R) * 57%    
House 06    (642 of 655 precincts reporting)
Dicks (D) * 68%     Lawrence (R) 32%    
House 07    (1023 of 1079 precincts reporting)
McDermott (D) * 89%    
House 08    (853 of 879 precincts reporting)
Behrens-benedict (D) 42%     Dunn (R) * 58%    
House 09    (712 of 720 precincts reporting)
Smith (D) * 65%     Taber (R) 35%    
Updated November 04, 1998 03:40 P.M. EST

TOP RACES

SENATE: Sen. Patty Murray (D), first elected in 1992, is seeking a second term. Rep. Linda Smith is her challenger.
Stuart Rothenberg's Race at a Glance


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1998 POLLS

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POLL HOURS

10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT) to 11 p.m. ET (8 p.m. PT)


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SENATOR AND GOVERNOR NOT UP IN 1998

Gov. Gary Locke (D), first elected 1996; next election in 2000.
Sen. Slade Gorton (R), first elected 1980 then defeated in 1986; elected again in 1988 and 1994; next election in 2000.


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VACANCIES

1998 vacancies list


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HOUSE DISTRICTS

  • CD1 (Puget Sound; north Seattle suburbs; Kitsap Peninsula):
    Jay Inslee (D); Rick White (inc.) (R)
  • CD2 (Puget Sound; Everett; Bellingham):
    Grethe Cammermeyer (D); Jack Metcalf (inc.) (R)
  • CD3 (Southwest; Olympic; Vancouver):
    Brian Baird (D); Don Benton (R)
  • CD4 (Central; Yakima, Tri-Cities):
    Gordon Allen Pross (D); Richard "Doc" Hastings (inc.) (R)
  • CD5 (East; Spokane):
    Brad Lyons (D); George Nethercutt (inc.) (R)
  • CD6 (West; Bremerton):
    Norm Dicks (inc.) (D); Bob Lawrence (R)
  • CD7 (Seattle and suburbs):
    Jim McDermott (inc.) (D); no Republican candidate
  • CD8 (East Puget Sound; King County suburbs; Bellevue):
    Heidi Behrens-Benedict (D); Jennifer Dunn (inc.) (R)
  • CD9 (Puget Sound; Tacoma; parts of King, Pierce, Thurston counties):
    Adam Smith (inc.) (D); Ron Taber (R)


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    PRIMARY DATE

    September 15

    Primary results


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    FILING DEADLINE

    July 31


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    STATEWIDE BALLOT MEASURES

    Total Number: 5

    To Watch:
    Measure 200: Anti-Affirmative Action
    "Would prohibit state and local government entities from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to any individual or group based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin."

    Measure 688: Minimum Wage
    Would increase the minimum wage for those under 18 years of age in 1999 and 2000 and thereafter adjust it for inflation.

    Measure 692: Medical Use of Marijuana
    Would allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes for "qualifying patients," including those with HIV, cancer, multiple sclerosis and glaucoma.

    Measure 694: Partial-Birth Abortion
    Would make abortion a crime except when it is necessary to save the life of the mother.


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    PARTY CONTROL

    Governor: Democrat
    U.S. Senate: 1 Democrat, 1 Republican
    U.S. House of Representatives: 3 Democrats, 6 Republicans
    State Senate: 23 Democrats, 26 Republicans
    State House of Representatives: 41 Democrats, 57 Republicans


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    STATE LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS

    Senate: 24 seats up
    House: All 98 seats up


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    PARTY REGISTRATION

    None

    State Projected Voting Age Population: 4,115,000 (1996)
    Registered Voters: (As of 01/09/98) 3,082,192


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    ELECTORAL VOTES

    11


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    PRESIDENTIAL VOTING HISTORY

    Clinton won in 1996; Clinton in 1992; Dukakis in 1988; Reagan in 1984; Reagan in 1980; Ford in 1976; Nixon in 1972; Humphrey in 1968; Johnson in 1964; Nixon in 1960.

    LAST TIME VOTED DEMOCRATIC FOR PRESIDENT: 1996

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1996:

    Clinton 50%
    Dole 37%
    Perot 9%
    Other 4%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1992:

    Clinton 43.4%
    Bush 32%
    Perot 23.7%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1988:

    Dukakis 50%
    Bush 48.5%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1984:

    Reagan 56%
    Mondale 43%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1980:

    Reagan 50%
    Carter 37%
    Anderson 11%


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    PAST EXIT POLLS

    1992:

    1994:

    1996:


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    TURNOUT

    Historical voter turnout as a percentage of the voting age population 1996-1960


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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Population: 5,533,000 (1996)
    (% of voting age population)

    White: 89.9%
    African American: 2.8%
    Asian: 4.1%
    Native American: 1.4%
    Other/Undeclared: 1.9%

    Persons of Hispanic origin account for 3.6% of the voting population (from 1990 Census)


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    STATE TIDBITS

    State Capital: Olympia
    State Nickname: Evergreen State, Chinook State

    Washington had been historically Democratic for years. But changes in the state's economy and an influx of newcomers has led to political instability in the Evergreen State. In recent times, while the state has voted Democratic in the last three presidential contests (it was one of the nine states, plus the District of Columbia, that Democrat Michael Dukakis won in 1988), Washington voted Republican for president in the four previous contests (in the 1970s and 1980s). A Democrat has held the governor's mansion since 1984. Control in the Senate, House and state Legislature is split. In 1994, Washington's House delegation shifted more than any other state's, with six of nine seats moving from Democratic to Republican. Conservative Republicans maintained their dominance in these same races in 1996. Democratic Sen. Patty Murray is one of three women elected in 1992 ("The Year of the Woman") who is seeking re-election this year. Murray ran her campaign in 1992 with the slogan "Mom in tennis shoes." The other woman Senator seeking re-election this year is Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski. Democrat Gary Locke made history in 1997 when he became the nation's first governor of Chinese ancestry.


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    RELATED SITES

    NOTE: External sites will open in a new browser window.

    Government:

    Washington Secretary of State Home Page
    http://www.wa.gov/sec/
    Washington State Elections Division
    http://www.wa.gov/sec/elections.htm
    Washington Gov. Gary Locke's Home Page
    http://www.wa.gov/governor/
    Washington State Senate
    http://www.leg.wa.gov/www/senate.htm
    Washington State House of Representatives
    http://www.leg.wa.gov/www/house/members/housepg.htm

    News Media:

    CNN Affiliates

    KIRO-TV (Seattle)
    http://206.63.60.125/index.htm
    KSTW (Seattle)
    http://www.paramountstations.com/KSTW/
    KXLY (Spokane)
    http://www.kxly.com/default.asp

    State Newspapers

    Seattle Times
    http://www.seattletimes.com
    Spokane Spokesman-Review
    http://www.virtuallynw.com
    Tacoma News Tribune
    http://www.tribnet.com

    General Interest:

    The White House
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/Welcome.html
    The House of Representatives
    http://www.house.gov/
    The Senate
    http://www.senate.gov/
    Library of Congress -- The Legislative Branch
    http://lcweb.loc.gov/global/legislative/congress.html
    Congressional Quarterly's American Voter
    http://voter.cq.com/
    Congressional Quarterly's VoteWatch
    http://pathfinder.com/CQ/
    THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
    http://thomas.loc.gov/
    Federal Election Commission
    http://www.fec.gov/
    Democratic National Committee
    http://www.democrats.org/
    Republican National Committee
    http://www.rnc.org/
    Project Vote Smart
    http://www.vote-smart.org
    Policy.com
    http://www.policy.com/


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    Updated: October 25, 1998



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