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 running for reelection, will face an uphill primary battle in an eight-candidate race to represent Washington’s 3rd Congressional District. Her primary opponent is Joe Kent, a retired Army Green Beret who clinched former President Donald Trump’s endorsement. 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 are challenging him to represent Washington’s 4th Congressional District. Among them is Loren Culp, a retired law enforcement officer who has been endorsed by Trump.
“A man of the people, Loren will always defend your personal liberty, our under-siege Second Amendment, Election Integrity, and Law Enforcement,” Trump wrote in his endorsement.
A crowded, high-profile primary for the US Senate seat held by incumbent Sen. Patty Murray will also take place on Tuesday. The Democratic senator, who is pursuing her sixth term, is facing off against 17 challengers.
Secretary of State
Washington is holding a special election for the office of secretary of state, one of 27 elections for the position taking place in 2022. The elected candidate will oversee the state’s elections in 2024.
The seat was held by a Republican for more than half a century, until GOP Secretary of State Kim Wyman stepped down in November 2021 to become the senior election security lead in the Department of Homeland Security. That gave Gov. Jay Inslee a chance to appoint Democratic state Sen. Steve Hobbs as her replacement, ending the Republican reign.
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