Washington is holding primary elections on Tuesday. The state holds its elections almost entirely by mail, and the last in-person voting sites closed at 8 p.m. local time and 11 p.m. ET.
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican seeking re-election, will face an uphill primary battle in an eight-candidate race to represent Washington’s 3rd congressional district. His main opponent is Joe Kent, a retired Army Green Beret who won the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. The six-term congresswoman was among 10 Republicans to vote to impeach Trump after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
Rep. Dan Newhouse, a four-term Republican congressman who also voted to impeach Trump, will face seven candidates who challenge him to represent Washington’s 4th congressional district. Among them is Loren Culp, a retired law enforcement officer who was endorsed by Trump.
“A man of the people, Loren will always stand up for your personal liberty, our Second Amendment under siege, election integrity and law enforcement,” Trump wrote in his endorsement.
A crowded and high-profile primary for the US Senate seat held by incumbent Senator Patty Murray will also take place on Tuesday. The Democratic senator, who is in her sixth term, faces 17 challengers.
Secretary of State
Washington is holding a special election for secretary of state, one of 27 elections for the office that will take place in 2022. The elected candidate will oversee the state elections in 2024.
The seat was held by a Republican for more than half a century, until GOP Secretary of State Kim Wyman resigned in November 2021 to become the top election security official at the Department of Justice. internal security. This gave Governor Jay Inslee a chance to appoint Democratic Senator Steve Hobbs as his replacement, ending Republican rule.
Hobbs will face seven GOP challengers in his race to defend the seat, with lesser-known candidate Marquez Tiggs being his only Democratic opponent.
Washington State Legislative Primaries