The most famous national race is for incumbent Patty Murray’s seat in the US Senate.
OLYMPIA, Washington —
The Washington state primary of 2022 will feature races for several key positions at the federal and state levels.
The 2022 primary is on August 2nd.
Ballot papers must be stamped by election day or placed in a ballot box by 8:00 p.m. so that they can be counted.
The Secretary of State’s office recommends voters returning their ballots on Election Day to take them to a ballot box rather than mailing them in to ensure they are postmarked in a timely manner.
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The highest-profile race in the state revolves around the US Senate seat of incumbent Patty Murray, who is entering her sixth term this cycle and has drawn 17 challengers to the seat.
The only candidate who is on par with Murray in terms of funding is Republican challenger Tiffany Smiley. A veterans advocate and former Pasco nurse, Smiley has raised over $4 million while Murray still has a significant financial advantage at $11.6 million. Smiley was supported by the state’s Republican Party.
A recent poll found that Washington voters prefer Murray, with 51% saying they would vote for the Democrat, compared to 33% who would vote for Smiley, a Republican. However, 16% replied that they were undecided.
“Well obviously it’s a very compelling lead. But so much can change,” said Gary Locke, former Washington governor and political analyst for KING 5. “Patty Murray has a very good lead, I think, and you have to include the independents as well. There are still people who are undecided and will only make up their minds shortly before the election.”
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Incumbents from all 10 of Washington’s congressional districts face at least one challenger.
National eyes will be on the 8th congressional district, where incumbent Kim Schrier faces strong opposition from multiple Republican candidates in what many consider a swing race. Schrier raised over $5 million but has a trio of Republicans who have raised more than $500,000 in donations.
Jesse Jensen, who lost by less than three percentage points to Schrier in 2020, collected just over $1 million. Jensen is a former Army Ranger and Technical Director based out of Bonney Lake.
Matt Larkin, a Sammamish attorney, raised over $900,000 this cycle. After running unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2020, Larkin has made crime and homelessness a cornerstone of his campaign for the 8th congressional district.
Reagan Dunn, a King County councilman elected to five terms, raised just over $800,000, although his campaign has more cash on hand than the other two top Republicans. Dunn is the son of a former US Congresswoman and has a history of working at the US Department of Justice.
The 8th congressional district includes areas in the eastern portions of King and Pierce counties, as well as crossing the Cascade Mountains to cover portions of Chelan and Kittitas counties. She was represented by a Republican from 1983 to 2019, when Schrier was first elected.
Elsewhere in western Washington, Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler is facing opposition from her own party for the 3rd congressional district, which includes a number of districts in southern and central Washington.
Herrera Beutler has raised more than $3 million, but Joseph Kent isn’t far behind with more than $1.8 million. Already endorsed by former President Donald Trump, Kent is a former Green Beret based in Yacolt.
Heidi St. John also presents a challenge to Herrera Beutler as it has raised over $900,000. As an author and podcaster, St. John is a self-proclaimed Conservative Christian from Battleground.
Suzan DelBene, representing District 1, is challenged by Matthew Heines, Derek Chartrand, Vincent Cavaleri and Tom Spears.
District 2 incumbent Rick Larsen joins Cody Hart, Dan Matthews, Doug Revelle, Bill Wheeler, Jon Welch, Brandon Lee Stalnaker, Jason Call, Leif Johnson and Carrie R. Kennedy.
In District 4, incumbent Dan Newhouse faces challengers Corey Gibson, Loren Culp, Brad Klippert, Jacek Kobiesa, Doug White, Benancio Garcia III and Jerrod Sessler.
In District 5, incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers meets challengers Natasha Hill, Sean Clynch and Anne Marie Danimus.
District 6 incumbent Derek Kilmer faces challengers Rebecca Parson, Tom Triggs, Chris Binns, Todd Bloom and Elizabeth Kreiselmaier.
District 7 incumbent Pramila Jayapal faces challengers Cliff Moon, Jesse James and Paul Glumaz.
District 9 incumbent Adam Smith faces challengers Doug Basler, David Michael Anderson, Sea Chan, Seth Pedersen and Stephanie Gallardo.
District 10 incumbent Marilyn Strickland faces challengers Richard Boyce, Keith Swank, Eric Mahaffy and Dan Earnest.
Washington Secretary of State
The secretary of state is also up for grabs in this cycle, as Steve Hobbs hopes to retain the seat he was appointed to after Republican Kim Wyman resigned last year to accept a position in President Biden’s administration. Hobbs, a former state senator and member of the Washington National Guard, faces a multitude of candidates in his bid to retain the position.
His Republican opponents include former Senator Mark Miloscia, current Senator Keith Wagoner and America First candidate Tamborine Borelli, who is behind multiple voter fraud lawsuits related to the 2020 presidential election. Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson is also bipartisan, urging that the bureau should be independent of political parties.
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Incumbent Simon Sefzik, appointed by Whatcom County Council to fill the 42nd legislative district, faces challengers Ben Elenbaas and Sharon Shewmake.
Sefzik, who was appointed after the death of Senator Doug Ericksen, is believed to be the youngest senator in the state’s history. Sefzik, a Republican, was appointed to Whatcom County dealing with weeks of catastrophic flooding.
Shewmake resigned from the House of Representatives to run for the Senate.
Meanwhile, District 31 incumbent Phil Fortunato faces challengers Clifford Knopik and Chris Vance.
Fortunato, a Republican, ran for governor in 2020 and made headlines when he criticized Governor Jay Inslee for his response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
https://www.king5.com/article/news/politics/elections/key-primary-election-races-washington-state-senate-house-secretary-of-state/281-9b6b4ebd-048d-4887-89f8-21325ed20976 These are the key primary election races in Washington state