Several Washington races and ballot measures were still up for grabs Wednesday morning. Here’s a quick look at what you need to know.
More results are expected from all the counties starting in the late afternoon, with the big one being King County reporting at about 4:30 p.m. King County said it expected to report results of about 50,000 ballots, but it still had about 350,000 to count. Some other statewide results may not come in until 8 p.m.
Updated election results
Democrat Jay Inslee leads Republican Rob McKenna by two percentage points, but McKenna is struggling to get the votes he needs in King County. Inslee announced Wednesday he is launching his transition team.
Secretary of State Sam Reed suggested Tuesday that the result of the race may not be known until Friday.
Approval for the measure was leading 52 to 48 Wednesday, and supporters of the measure were declaring victory. Only eight of Washington’s 39 counties voted in support of the measure. None of those were in Eastern Washington.
The Associated Press had already declared this measure was approved Wednesday night. It was receiving strong support in counties on both sides of the Cascades.
A measure to allow the creation of a public charter school system in Washington was narrowly passing, 51 percent to 49 percent.
WA 1st District
Democrat Suzan DelBene had a strong lead on Republican John Koster. The Associated Press called the race for DelBene Tuesday night.
Democrat Bob Ferguson was leading Republican Reagan Dunn 53 percent to 47 percent. This position is being vacated by McKenna.
New sheriff in town?
Former King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Urquhart appeared to be well on his way to becoming the next sheriff. Urquhart was leading interim sheriff Steve Strachan 58 percent to 42 percent. The position came open after Sheriff Sue Rahr retired.