Statehouse incumbents appear to be headed for re-election
November 2, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
UPDATED — 9:20 p.m. Nov. 2, 2010
Incumbents in the race to represent Issaquah in Olympia — Republicans Glenn Anderson and Jay Rodne, and Democrat Judy Clibborn — pulled far ahead of opponents in initial election results released Tuesday night.
The representatives trounced little known or under-funded candidates to cruise to re-election.
Meanwhile, Democrat Marcie Maxwell appeared to be locked into a close contest against Republican Peter Dunbar to retain the state House of Representatives seat she clinched in 2008. The same scenario appeared to be the case for Democrat Randy Gordon and Republican Steve Litzow in a state Senate bout.
The measure to increase the King County sales tax rate to pay for criminal justice services trailed in early returns and a state liquor-privatization measure backed by Issaquah-based Costco lagged.
Republican Dino Rossi, a Sammamish resident and former Issaquah state senator, remained locked in a tight race against incumbent U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, Democrat in a close fight for a fourth term.
Republican Congressman Dave Reichert held off a spirited challenge from Democrat Suzan DelBene to represent Issaquah and the 8th Congressional District in the other Washington. DelBene conceded the race at a post-election party in Bellevue.
Donna Tucker outpaced Larry Mitchell in the race to be a King County District Court judge. Issaquah attorney John L. O’Brien trailed appointed Judge Michael Finkle in the other race to sit on the Northeast Division bench.
The initial tally from King County Elections at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday included more than 365,000 ballots received, processed and counted on Election Day.
In the 5th Legislative District, incumbent Anderson defeated Democrat David Spring in a rematch of the 2008 contest by amassing 60 percent of the vote, compared to 40 percent for Spring. Rodne outdistanced Sammamish Democrat Greg Hoover for the other House seat, 62 percent to 38 percent.
Clibborn, a representative in the neighboring 41st Legislative District, trounced novice candidate Stephen Strader, a Bellevue Republican, 57 percent to 43 percent.
The race for the other 41st District House seat remained tighter on Election Day. Incumbent Maxwell pulled in 51.1 percent to 48.8 percent for Dunbar, a Mercer Island physician.
Gordon — appointed to the 41st District Senate seat in January after Fred Jarrett resigned to become deputy King County executive — trailed Litzow, a Mercer Island city councilman, as Election Day ended. Gordon garnered 47 percent; Litzow 53 percent.
Candidates in the 48th Legislative District, for the most part, faced tighter margins. Incumbent Democrat Ross Hunter mustered 50.7 percent to 49.1 percent for Republican Diane Tebelius in a contentious House race. State Sen. Rodney Tom, a Democrat, held 49.7 percent to Republican challenger Gregg Bennett at 50.2 percent. Democrat Deb Eddy cruised to re-election in the House.
The district includes the Greenwood Point and South Cove neighborhoods in Issaquah.
Proposition 1, the county measure to raise the sales tax rate to 2 cents per $10 purchase, appeared to be headed for defeat; 56 percent of voters decided against the tax proposal. Initiative 1100, the Costco-backed measure to privatize the state-run liquor system, trailed in a closer contest Tuesday night.