An estimated 47.5 percent of eligible Whatcom County voters submitted ballots in the August 4 primary election. As of 5 p.m. on August 5, a total of 71,462 votes were counted by election eve with approximately 17,500 left to count.
Statewide, governor Jay Inslee, D., received 745,670 votes (51.3 percent) with the next closest candidate, Republican Loren Culp, receiving 246,134 votes (16.9 percent). Including Culp, the 15 Republican candidates had a total vote count of 572,485. In Whatcom County, Inslee received 36,905 votes (51.2 percent) versus the next closest candidate, Loren Culp, who received 12,581 votes (17.7 percent).
Democrat Congresswoman Suzan DelBene received 86,874 votes (55.6 percent) statewide versus Republican Jeffrey Beeler, Sr. who brought in 51,410 votes (32.8 percent). In the county, DelBene received 14,041 votes (39.9 percent) versus Beeler’s 17,642 votes (50.2 percent). In the Lieutenant Governor’s race, Democrat Denny Heck received 16,374 (23.7 percent) while his closest competitor, Democrat Marko Liias, received 14,622 (21.2 percent) in the county while in the state, the two Democrats received 380,677 (27.2 percent) and 235,153 (16.8 percent), respectively.
Statewide, Secretary of State Kim Wyman, R., received 724,186 votes (50.7 percent) and will face Democrat Gael Tarleton with 628,999 (44.1 percent) in the general election. Attorney General Bob Ferguson, D., cruised home to a primary victory with 802,379 votes (56.2 percent) against Matt Larkin, R., with 338,680 votes (23.7 percent).
Luanne Van Werven, R., pulled in 25,410 votes (52.5 percent) against Blaine’s Alicia Rule, D., with 22,871 votes (47.3 percent) for state representative District 42, Pos. 1. Jennifer Sefzik, R., received 24,650 votes (51.0 percent) for the Pos. 2 seat while Democrat incumbent Sharon Shewmake received 23,594 (48.9 percent).
For more election results, go to bit.ly/2PrrPBx. The next vote count will be announced at 5 p.m. on August 6 and on subsequent days as ballots come into the election office.