Incumbents look good in first night election results

August 6, 2014

By Ari Cetron

New: August 6, 9:42 a.m.

If the first round of results for the Aug. 5 primary election mean anything, they mean incumbents don’t have much to fear this election cycle. All five candidates representing Sammamish in the Legislative have healthy leads over their opponents.

All of the same names were going to appear on the November ballot no matter the results. Washington has a top-two primary system, and all five of the Legislative seats on the ballot had only two candidates.

However, the August results can help give a sense of who the frontrunners are. Perhaps more importantly, a lopsided result can scare off donors from the candidate on the short end, while a close race could mean more money flowing in.

Results of the mail-in election will be finalized Aug. 19

One of two contested races was the one for District Court judge. In that, Lisa O’Toole, of Newcastle, blew away her two opponents, winning 61 percent of the vote. Who O’Toole will face in November remains to be seen. Sammamish resident Marcus Naylor won 19.38 percent of the vote, while Rick Leo, of Snoqualmie, had 18.95 percent.

In the 8th Congressional District, incumbent U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (R) is cruising toward re-election with 59 percent of the vote. He looks likely to face Jason Ritchie who’s gotten 31 percent. A third candidate, Keith Arnold got 9 percent.

In the 41st Legislative District, which represents the southern half of Sammamish Tana Senn (D) is well ahead of challenger Bill Stinson by a 60-40 margin. Senn was appointed to the Legislature after having been appointed to the Mercer Island City Council, so this is the first time her name has appeared on a ballot.

Longtime incumbent Judy Clibborn (D), chairwoman of the house transportation committee is also cruising to victory over Alex O’Neil 74-25.

In the 45th District, which represents the northern half of Sammamish, state Sen. Andy Hill (R) has a healthy lead of challenger Matt Isenhower 54-46.

In house races in the 45th, incumbent Roger Goodman (D) is ahead of Joel Hussey, also by a 54-46 margin. Goodman defeated Hussey two years ago.

Larry Springer (D) is doing better than the other two incumbents, ahead of Brendan Woodward by a 56-44 margin.

The general election is set for Nov. 4.

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