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Conservative Ranking


Washington is the 12th least conservative state, voting 9.6% less Republican in the 2004 presidential elections than the national average.

Partisan Trend


Based on voting patterns since 1992, Washington is trending is DEMOCRAT.

GOP Trend Ranking


Washington ranks 43rd among the 50 states.
 
Presidential Race

Race for the White House


GOP Candidates
  • John McCain - U. S. Senator from Arizona  
  • Mike Huckabee - Former Governor of Arkansas
  • Ron Paul - U. S. Congressman from Texas (CD-14)
  • Mitt Romney - Former Governor of Massachusetts
  • Rudy Giuliani - Former Mayor of New York City
  • Fred Thompson - Former U. S. Senator from Tennessee
  • Duncan Hunter - U. S. Congressman from California (CD-52)

    DEM Candidates

  • Barack Obama - U. S. Senator from Illinois  
  • Hillary Clinton - U. S. Senator from New York
  • Mike Gravel - Former U. S. Senator from Alaska
  • John Edwards - Former U. S. Senator from North Carolina
  • Bill Richardson - Governor of New Mexico
  • Dennis Kucinich - U. S. Congressman from Ohio (CD-10)

    Party nominee -

  •  

    Senate Race
    No race in 2008
     
    Governor's Race
    Incumbent:  Democratic incumbent Christine Gregoire seeks re-election for the first time in 2008.  She faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Dino Rossi - Former Washington State Senator  

    DEM Candidates

  • Christine Gregoire - Incumbent  

    Party nominee -

  •  
    Competitive House Races
    District 8
    Incumbent:  GOP incumbent Dave Reichert is seeking a 3rd term in 2008.  He faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Dave Reichert - Incumbent  

    DEM Candidates

  • Darcy Burner - Former Congressional Nominee  
  • James Vaughn - Retired U. S. Army Major

    Party nominee -

  •  
    Other House Races
    Projected winner listed first
  • District 1:  Jay Inslee (D)-inc vs. Larry Ishmael (R)
  • District 2:  Rick Larsen (D)-inc vs. Rick Bart (R)
  • District 3:  Brian Baird (D)-inc vs. Michael Delavar (R)
  • District 4:  Richard "Doc" Hastings (R)-inc vs. George Fearing (D)
  • District 5:  Cathy McMorris (R)-inc vs. Mark Mays (D)
  • District 6:  Norman Dicks? (D)-inc vs. Doug Cloud (R)
  • District 7:  Jim McDermott (D)-inc vs. Steve Beren (R)
  • District 9:  Adam Smith (D)-inc vs. James Postma (R)
  •  
    Additional Information

    Election Timeline


  • February 9, 2008 - Presidential caucus
  • February 19, 2008 - Presidential primary
  • June 6, 2008 - Deadline to file for candidacy
  • August 19, 2008 - Primary elections
  • November 4, 2008 - Election day
  • Current Partisan Breakdown


     
    National Delegation
      Senators 2 DEM
      Representatives 3 GOP, 6 DEM
    State Government
      Governor DEM
      Lt. Governor DEM
      State Senate - DEM control 17 GOP, 32 DEM
      State House - DEM control 35 GOP, 63 DEM

    Current Office Holders


  • Governor:  Christine Gregoire (D) - 1st term, up for re-election in 2008
  • Lt. Governor:  Brad Owen (D) - 1st term, up for re-election in 2008
  • Senior Senator:  Patty Murray (D) - 3rd term, up for re-election in 2010
  • Junior Senator:  Maria Cantwell (D) - 2nd term, up for re-election in 2012
  • House District 1:  Jay Inslee (D) - 5th term
  • House District 2:  Rick Larsen (D) - 4th term
  • House District 3:  Brian Baird (D) - 5th term
  • House District 4:  Richard "Doc" Hastings (R) - 7th term
  • House District 5:  Cathy McMorris (R) - 2nd term
  • House District 6:  Norman Dicks (D) - 16th term
  • House District 7:  Jim McDermott (D) - 10th term
  • House District 8:  Dave Reichert (R) - 2nd term
  • House District 9:  Adam Smith (D) - 6th term

    Historical Partisan Snapshot


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      Race 2000 Result 2002 Result 2004 Result 2006 Result

    President Mod Dem -- Mod Dem --

    Senate
    Class 1 Weak Dem -- -- Solid Dem
    Class 3 -- -- Strong Dem --

    Governor Solid DEM -- Weak DEM --

    House 3 GOP - 6 DEM 3 GOP - 6 DEM 3 GOP - 6 DEM 3 GOP - 6 DEM
    CD-1 Strong DEM Mod DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-2 Mod Dem Mod DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-3 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-4 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-5 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Strong GOP
    CD-6 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-7 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-8 Solid GOP Solid GOP Weak GOP Weak GOP
    CD-9 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM

    BOLD - party turnover
    Race ratings:
  • "Weak" - less than 5%
  • "Mod" - 5% to less than 10%
  • "Strong" - 10% to 15%
  • "Solid" - greater than 15%
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    Washington Race Tracking
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    John McCain
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    Barack Obama
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    No race
    Governor
    Christine Gregoire - inc
    vs
    Dino Rossi
    Projected Winner
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    Dave Reichert - inc
    vs
    Darcy Burner
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