Washington Primary Will Winnow Crowded Fields

Jul 31, 2014

Washington voters have until 8 p.m. Tuesday to turn in their primary ballots. Secretary of State Kim Wyman projects a turnout of about 40 percent.

The seat from Washington's 4th Congressional District, which runs from the Canadian Border to the Columbia River in central Washington, is up for grabs.
Credit Washington State Redistricting Commission

Among others, the primary will winnow the crowded fields for an open central Washington Congressional seat and a Seattle-area state Senate position.

Washington’s heavily Republican 4th Congressional District runs from the Canadian Border to the Columbia River. It includes Okanogan, Moses Lake and the Tri-Cities. A dozen mostly Republican candidates are vying to replace longtime Congressman “Doc” Hastings who’s retiring.

The primary will narrow the field to just two. And they could both be Republicans because Washington has a top-two primary.

If there’s a mirror-image contest to this one, it’s the battle for state Senate in south Seattle’s 37th Legislative District. There, a field of mostly Democrats is jockeying to replace longtime state Senator Adam Kline who’s also retiring.

Another primary race to watch is the donnybrook in Washington’s 31st Legislative District. That’s where a Democrat and a Republican from the Washington House have teamed to try to oust longtime and controversial Republican Senator Pam Roach.

About half of Washington’s state Senate seats are up this year along with all 98 House positions and all 10 of the state’s Congressional seats.