The race for Washington secretary of state this November appears to be a battle between Republican Kim Wyman and Democrat Kathleen Drew. Wyman, the only Republican in the race, swept the map with 39 percent of the vote in Tuesday night’s primary. Democrat Drew pulled in 21 percent at last count. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.
Secretary of state was one of the most crowded statewide primary races for Democrats. Former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, state senator Jim Kastama, and former state senator Kathleen Drew split the field three ways. So Drew says she’s not surprised by her relatively low vote count.
Drew: “I’m very pleased with my strong showing across the state and I look forward to talking to even more voters as we move toward the November election.”
With a divided Democratic vote, Republican Kim Wyman ended up leading in all but one county. The Secretary of State is the office that administers elections. And Wyman, the Thurston County auditor, says ensuring voter confidence in the process will be a central issue this year.
Wyman: “Just because you’ve run a campaign or been on a ballot doesn’t mean you can fairly or impartially administer an election.”
The two candidates are competing to replace Republican Secretary of State Sam Reed, who’s retiring.
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