King County Elections certifies August primary results


By Joe Veyera

Voter turnout was 30 percent for the August 5 primary, according to the certified final results released by King County Elections on Tuesday.

Seattle Proposition 1, which will create a Metropolitan Parks District with its approval, ultimately received 53.35 percent of the vote in favor, versus 46.65 percent voting “against formation.”

In the three 36th Legislative District races, incumbent Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles and State Representatives Reuven Carlyle and Gael Tarleton cruised to easy victories, but with only two candidates in each race, each of the challengers will also move on to the November general election. Kohl-Welles received 82.67 percent of the vote to Republican Sarina Forbes’s 17.08 percent. Carlyle and Tarleton received 85.63 and 85.98 percent of the vote in their races, respectively, with challengers Republican Leslie Klein and Libertarian Paul Addis receiving 13.97 and 13.59 percent.

Longtime 7th Congressional District Democratic incumbent Jim McDermott netted 77.9 percent of the vote in his race, and will advance to face Republican Craig Keller in November, who received 8.32 percent to beat out fellow Republican Scott Sutherland, independent candidate Doug McQuaid, and GoodSpaceGuy for the general election spot.

Overall, of the 1,184,513 ballots issued, a total of 351,927 were returned, with 344,583 ultimately counted. 4,378 ballots were returned too late to be counted, while of the 7,740 ballots to have a signature challenge, 4,809 were resolved.

To view all of the final, certified election results, click here. The general election is set for Tuesday, November 4.

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