The Green Papers: Washington 2020 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Primary: Tuesday 4 August 2020
General Election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Friday 15 May 2020 - Filing deadline.
Tuesday 4 August 2020 - Primary. Polling hours end at 8:00p PDT (0300 UTC). Washington votes by mail. Ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day, or dropped off in a designated ballot box by 8 p.m. local time on Election Day.
Friday 7 August 2020 - Filing Deadline - President.
Tuesday 3 November 2020 - General Election. Polling hours end at 8:00p PST (0400 UTC). Washington votes by mail. Ballots must be postmarked no later than Midnight local time going into Election Day itself, or dropped off in a designated ballot box by 8 p.m. local time on Election Day itself.
 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 3)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:6,753,369 (2.18% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:12(2.23% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:10(2.30% of 435)
Capital:Olympia
 

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Washington State and Local Government

Washington 2020 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans


Washington State's Top Two Primary

  • The two candidates who receive the most votes in the primary and receive at least 1% of the votes cast qualify for the general election.
  • Each candidate for partisan office may state a political party that he or she prefers. A candidate's preference does not imply that the candidate is nominated or endorsed by the party, or that the party approves of or associates with that candidate.
  • To trigger a mandatory machine recount, the difference between the top two vote-getters must be less than 2,000 votes and less than 0.5% of the total number of votes cast for both candidates.
  • To trigger a manual recount in a statewide election, the difference between the top two vote-getters must be less than 1,000 votes and less 0.25% of the total number of votes cast for both candidates.

Elections Calendar (use arrows to see the appropriate month) and Dates and Deadlines from the Washington Secretary of State.

Primary 2020 Candidate List from the Washington Secretary of State.

4 August 2020 Primary results and results from media sources.

4 August 2020 Primary returns from an official source.

 
           

President  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2020, 2024. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime. Electors: 12 (Winner-take-all), How Appointed, Meeting Place, Duly Appointed Presidential Electors, List of Presidential Candidates by State, List of Presidential Candidates.
Up for election in 2020
 Candidate list (1 write-in)
  Candidate Write-in; (Non Affiliated)     Shawn W. Howard
for Vice President: Alyssa Howard

FEC P00011189; 30 Jun 20; Tot $2,835; Dsb $1,511

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 116th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Democratic Senator  Maria E. Cantwell
First elected: 2000; re-elected: 2006, 2012, 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2024
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Democratic     Senator  Maria E. Cantwell
FEC S8WA00194

Class 3 Democratic Senator  Patricia L. "Patty" Murray
First elected: 1992; re-elected: 1998, 2004, 2010, 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Democratic     Nicolaus Sleister
FEC S2WA00338

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020. Term Limit: None, All Governors

Chair up for regular election Democratic Governor  Jay R. Inslee
First elected: 2012; re-elected: 2016.
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
on General Election ballot
 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Republican     Loren Culp
  Candidate Democratic     Governor  Jay R. Inslee
22 August 2019: Running for re-election after withdrawing as a Presidential contender.

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

Seat up for regular election
Open
Democratic Lieutenant Governor  Cyrus Habib
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Open Seat - 19 March 2020: "I have decided that I will not be running for re-election this year, and instead will pursue a different calling by joining the Jesuit order of the Catholic Church."
 Candidate list (2)
    Republican     Ann Davison Sattler - lost primary
  Candidate Democratic     Member of Congress  Dennis "Denny" Heck
Member of Congress CD 10
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator  Marko Liias

116th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2020, 2021. No Term Limit. 116th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
7 Democratic (6 on General Election ballot, 1 Open);
3 Republican (3 on General Election ballot)

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Member of Congress  Suzan Kay DelBene
First elected in a special election for the 112th Congress and in a concurrent regular election to the 113th Congress: 6 November 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
on General Election ballot
 Candidate list (2) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Sultan City Councilman  Jeffrey Allen Beeler, Sr.
FEC H8WA01077; 15 Jul 20; Tot $33,496; Dsb $27,040
  Candidate Democratic     Member of Congress  Suzan Kay DelBene
FEC H0WA08046; 15 Jul 20; Tot $1,561,706; Dsb $1,080,119

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Member of Congress  Richard Ray "Rick" Larsen
First elected: 2000
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
on General Election ballot
 Candidate list (3) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Jason Call
FEC H0WA02189; 15 Jul 20; Tot $45,137; Dsb $33,950
  Candidate Republican     Timothy Scott "Tim" Hazelo
FEC H0WA02197; 15 Jul 20; Tot $13,375; Dsb $13,432
  Candidate Democratic     Member of Congress  Richard Ray "Rick" Larsen
FEC H0WA02080; 15 Jul 20; Tot $882,241; Dsb $824,610
    Republican     Tim Uy - lost primary
Trump Republican

FEC H0WA02213

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 3
Seat up for regular election
Republican Member of Congress  Jaime Lynn Herrera Beutler
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
on General Election ballot
 Candidate list (2) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Member of Congress  Jaime Lynn Herrera Beutler
FEC H0WA03187; 15 Jul 20; Tot $2,914,402; Dsb $1,035,760
  Candidate Democratic     Carolyn N. Long
FEC H8WA03198; 15 Jul 20; Tot $2,360,582; Dsb $786,795

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 4
Seat up for regular election
Republican Member of Congress  Daniel Milton "Dan" Newhouse
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
on General Election ballot
 Candidate list (2) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Douglas E. 'Doug" McKinley, Jr.
FEC H6WA04141; 30 Jun 20; Tot $35,154; Dsb $14,180
  Candidate Republican     Member of Congress  Daniel Milton "Dan" Newhouse
FEC H4WA04104; 15 Jul 20; Tot $782,280; Dsb $672,999

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 5
Seat up for regular election
Republican Member of Congress  Cathy Ann McMorris Rodgers
First elected: 2004
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
on General Election ballot
 Candidate list (2) - 117th Congress
    Democratic     Christopher "Chris" Armitage - lost primary
Withdrew but remains on the ballot.

FEC H0WA05125; 30 Jun 20; Tot $149,003; Dsb $120,224
  Candidate Republican     Member of Congress  Cathy Ann McMorris Rodgers
FEC H4WA05077; 15 Jul 20; Tot $2,915,301; Dsb $1,666,056
  Candidate Democratic     Dave Wilson
FEC H0WA05133; 15 Jul 20; Tot $28,555; Dsb $14,654

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 6
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Member of Congress  Derek Kilmer
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
on General Election ballot
 Candidate list (2) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Member of Congress  Derek Kilmer
FEC H2WA06129; 15 Jul 20; Tot $1,814,427; Dsb $1,883,912
  Candidate Republican     Elizabeth Kreiselmaier
FEC H0WA06081; 15 Jul 20; Tot $79,185; Dsb $26,449

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 7
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Member of Congress  Pramila Jayapal
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
on General Election ballot
 Candidate list (2) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Member of Congress  Pramila Jayapal
FEC H6WA07458; 15 Jul 20; Tot $1,911,255; Dsb $1,226,683
  Candidate Republican     Craig Keller
FEC H4WA07073; 31 Mar 20; Tot $810; Dsb $1,622
    Independent     Rick Lewis - lost primary
FEC H0WA07147

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 8
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Member of Congress  Kim Schrier
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
on General Election ballot
 Candidate list (2) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Jesse Jensen
FEC H0WA08103; 15 Jul 20; Tot $192,208; Dsb $139,110
  Candidate Democratic     Member of Congress  Kim Schrier
FEC H8WA08189; 15 Jul 20; Tot $3,243,428; Dsb $955,104
    Republican     Keith Roland Swank - lost primary
FEC H2WA08166; 30 Jun 20; Tot $20,054; Dsb $16,668

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 9
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Member of Congress  David Adam "Adam" Smith
First elected: 1996
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
on General Election ballot
 Candidate list (2) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Douglas Michael "Doug" Basler
FEC H4WA09061; 30 Jun 20; Tot $5,916; Dsb $4,492
    Republican     Joshua Campbell - lost primary
FEC H0WA09069
  Candidate Democratic     Member of Congress  David Adam "Adam" Smith
FEC H6WA09025; 15 Jul 20; Tot $960,015; Dsb $662,579

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 10
Seat up for regular election
Open
Democratic Member of Congress  Dennis "Denny" Heck
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Open Seat - 4 December 2019: "Today, I announce my retirement from a career in public service that began over forty years ago."
3 April 2020: Candidate for Lieutenant Governor.
4 August 2020: On the November ballot for Lieutenant Governor.
 Candidate list (2) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  Beth Doglio
FEC H0WA10075; 15 Jul 20; Tot $617,580; Dsb $492,606
    Republican     Rian Ingrim - lost primary
FEC H0WA10083; 15 Jul 20; Tot $8,850; Dsb $5,742
    Democratic     former state Represenative Kristine M. Reeves - lost primary
FEC H0WA10042; 15 Jul 20; Tot $579,655; Dsb $485,353
  Candidate Democratic     former Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland
FEC H0WA10034; 15 Jul 20; Tot $603,073; Dsb $414,744

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

Seat up for regular election Republican Secretary of State  Kim Wyman
First elected: 2012; re-elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
on General Election ballot -

27 March 2017: Secretary of State Wyman announced that she has colon cancer. The prognosis is good. During treatments, Assistant Secretary Mark Neary will assume responsibility for day-to-day operations and Deputy Secretary Greg Lane may represent the office as needed.

 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  Gael Tarleton
  Candidate Republican     Secretary of State  Kim Wyman

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

Seat up for regular election Democratic Attorney General  Bob Ferguson
First elected: 2012; re-elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
on General Election ballot
 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Democratic     Attorney General  Bob Ferguson
  Candidate Republican     Matt Larkin

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

Seat up for regular election Republican Treasurer Duane A. Davidson
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
on General Election ballot
 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Republican     Treasurer Duane A. Davidson
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  Mike Pellicciotti

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

Seat up for regular election Democratic Auditor Patrice "Pat" McCarthy
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
on General Election ballot
 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Republican     Chris Leyba
  Candidate Democratic     Auditor Patrice "Pat" McCarthy

Commissioner of Public Lands  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

Seat up for regular election Democratic Public Lands Commissioner  Hilary Franz
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
on General Election ballot
 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Democratic     Public Lands Commissioner  Hilary Franz
  Candidate Republican     Sue Kuehl Pederson

Insurance Commissioner  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

Seat up for regular election Democratic Insurance Commissioner  Mike Kreidler
First elected: 2000; re-elected: 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
on General Election ballot
 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Democratic     Insurance Commissioner  Mike Kreidler
  Candidate Republican     Chirayu Avinash Patel

Superintendent of Public Instruction  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

Seat up for regular election Nonpartisan; (Democratic) Public Instruction Superintendent  Chris Reykdal
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
on General Election ballot
 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Nonpartisan; (Republican)     Maia Espinoza
    Nonpartisan; (Republican)     Ron Higgins - lost primary
  Candidate Nonpartisan; (Democratic)     Public Instruction Superintendent  Chris Reykdal
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 16 incumbents, 24 candidates
  Republican: 5 incumbents, 17 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian
Other Third Parties
  Christian Liberty
  Progressive
  Right to Life
  Socialist Alternative
  Socialist Workers Party
  Unity
Independents
  Independent
  No Party Designation
  No Party Preference
  Non Affiliated: 1 candidate
  Nonpartisan: 1 incumbent, 2 candidates
  Other
  Unaffiliated
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Not readily classifiable
  Write-in: 1 candidate
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


Links Links to other web sites

Constitution   Links to State Constitutions
  Washington State Constitution
Election Authority
  Public Disclosure Commission
  Secretary of State's Office
  Washington Secretary of State - Elections & Voting
  Washington Secretary of State - Elections & Voting
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Washington State Legislature
  Washington State Legislature - House of Representatives
  Washington State Senate
Democratic
  Washington State Democrats
Republican
  Washington State Republican Party
Third Party
  Christian Liberty Party of Washington
  Communist Party - Washington State District
  Constitution Party of Washington State
  Green Party of Washington
  Human Life of Washington
  Libertarian Party of Washington State
  Socialist Alternative
  The Unity Party of Washington
Media & others
  KING TV - Seattle
  KREM TV - Spokane
  Northwest Daily Marker - Redmond
  Politics1.com - Washington
  Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  Sound Politics - Seattle - Puget Sound
  Spokane Valley Online
  The Bellingham Herald
  The Chronicle - Centralia
  The Daily Herald - Everett
  The Daily News - Longview
  The News Tribune - Tacoma
  The Olympian - Olympia
  The Seattle Times
  The Spokesman-Review - Spokane
  Tri-City Herald - Kennewick - Pasco - Richland
  Washington Voter - League of Women Voters of Washington
  Yakima Herald-Republic

 


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