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Drinks with Daniels: Secretary of state candidates Gael Tarleton, Kim Wyman

Gael Tarleton faces incumbent Kim Wyman in the race for Washington secretary of state in the general election.
Credit: KING
Incumbent Kim Wyman, a Republican, and challenger Gael Tarleton, a Democrat, face off in the Nov. 3 general election for Secretary of State.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The campaign is down to the final days, but that doesn’t stop a person from enjoying a cup of coffee or their favorite adult beverage.

 KING 5’s Chris Daniels asked the candidates for secretary of state to give him a half-hour and to share a drink at a distance at one of their favorite locations. They chose the spot and the type of drink. 

The goal wasn’t necessarily to ask them all the same questions they’ve heard on the campaign trail but to show a different side of their personality. The choices and the subjects varied.

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An exclusive KING 5 News poll suggests the race for secretary of state will be close, although Wyman may have a slight edge. In an Oct. 8-12 survey of 591 likely November voters in Washington, 45% said they planned to vote for Wyman, and 40% planned to vote for Tarleton. Another 14% weren't sure.

Kim Wyman

She’s the Republican Secretary of State who is looking for a third term as President Trump criticizes mail in voting. 

Kim Wyman met up with Chris in Olympia to talk over a cider, about Trump, ballots and her love of a Ducati.

Gael Tarleton

She’s a former Port of Seattle commissioner and state representative who believes that, as a Democrat, she’s well positioned to end a decades-long hold of the Secretary of State’s Office by Republicans. 

Tarleton shares a beer with Chris in Seattle to discuss the election and why she’s worried about Russian interference.

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